There’s something so addictive about this Old Fashioned Ham Salad recipe – is it the simplicity? The combination of flavors? Or its versatility? I don’t know, but I love it! Hungry? Read on and I, Chef Jenn will show you my tips and tricks to make this amazing ham salad recipe perfectly every time!
It’s creamy, and with a bit of a tang from the dill pickle, this classic recipe makes the perfect ham salad sandwich. It’s also great as a snack on crackers, or just digging into with a fork!
What You Need To Make This Old Fashioned Ham Salad Recipe
- Dill pickle
- Sour Cream
- Food processor
Can I Use Canned Ham?
Yes! You certainly can.
I prefer fresh ham, and often buy chunks of it when it’s on sale and pop them in the freezer just to make this recipe.
However, if you choose to use canned ham, make sure your drain it well! You’ll also need to decrease the amount of mayo and sour cream and pickle, to suit how much ham you have.
How To Make The Best Ham Salad on the Planet
- Cut a chunk of ham and pop it into a food processor and pulse it until it is well chopped. Scrape the ham out and into a bowl.
- Finely dice the dill pickle and add it to the ham.
- Add sour cream and mayonnaise until it is creamy and delish.
- No salt needed! The ham is salty enough.
This is the Perfect Leftover Ham Recipe!
Got leftover ham? This is the perfect way to use it up! Spiral ham, ham steaks, or any kind of ham will work in this recipe.
I’d just stay away from the glazed bits – a super-sweet glaze will throw off the flavor of this easy ham salad recipe.
Chef Jenn’s Tips To Make Creamy Deli Ham Salad
- I use mayo and sour cream instead of just mayo. Personally, I think the jarred stuff is nasty, so I cut it with sour cream. The result is a less sweet version with a big of tang. In this dish, it’s a perfect match.
- I use dill vs sweet pickle relish in this recipe. I think we get enough sweet – the dill is delicious. Try it!
- You can pop the pickle into the food processor to chop, but I love the lovely larger bits of dill pickle so I chop it by hand.
- You can also use store-bought dill pickle relish if you don’t want to chop it.
- Add enough sour cream and mayo (half and half) until it’s as creamy as you’d like it to be!
How To Eat Ham Salad
I love this tasty ham recipe on crackers as a snack, I’ve included it on charcuterie boards, and it makes an awesome ham salad sandwich! Wash it down with this terrific protein smoothie, or serve it with this German Pretzel recipe for a hearty meal! I also just love a serving of this with a delish Buttermilk Drop Biscuit on the side!
How To store Deviled Ham Salad REcipe
This tasty salad will keep in the fridge, tightly covered, for up to a week.
You can freeze leftover ham but I wouldn’t freeze this salad. Instead, freeze your ham and then thaw it when you’re ready to make the salad.
Frozen and thawed ham tends to give off some water so be sure to drain it well before using thawed ham.
It has dairy and mayonnaise in it, so it shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than 3-4 hours. Otherwise, it’ll keep for up to about a week in the fridge. Keep it tightly wrapped.
They are similar but not quite the same. Deviled ham tends to have a few more ingredients in it, and there are huge variations in the recipes. This deli ham salad recipe is simpler and has fewer variations.
Ham is lean and there’s relatively little sour cream and mayonnaise in it. Use low fat mayo and sour cream if you want to keep the fat down. So, it’s a great low-fat choice. Ham, however, is high in sodium so you might want to look at those numbers if you’re watching your daily sodium.
In this old fashioned ham salad recipe made with full fat mayonnaise and sour cream, there are about 230 calories per generous 1/2 cup serving.
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Old Fashioned Ham Salad
- Food processor
- 2 cups ham
- 1/4 cup dill pickle diced
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- Pulse the ham in the food processor until it is crumbly and finely chopped. Remove and put into a mixing bowl.
- Dice the pickle and mix with the ham, mayonnaise and sour cream.
A Note on Nutritional Information
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