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Classic Ham Salad has the perfect blend of salty, creamy, crunchy, and so much flavor! We love this as a dip served with crackers, and especially on a croissant sandwich.

Ham salad on a flaky croissant with romaine lettuce

We love these classic American recipes from the 50s. Just one bite and you’ll be reminiscing over ham salad lunches with grandma on her back porch drinking sun tea. Honestly, we just love the simplicity in the ingredients and how easily this comes together. Some quick meals just aren’t as satisfying, but classic ham salad will not disappoint. 

Ham Salad is extremely versatile. It is super popular served up as a dip with your favorite crackers or bread. However, there is nothing quite like a ham salad croissan’wich. If you’re looking for a healthier option, we love the additional crunch when made into a lettuce wrap.

  • How long will ham salad last in the refrigerator?

    Ham salad, if properly contained in an airtight bag or container, should last approximately 5 days in the refrigerator. 

  • Can I use leftover cooked ham?

    Yes, this recipe is a great way to use up leftover cooked ham. 

  • Can I use a food processor to blend this all together?

    Definitely. If you like a smoother texture, go ahead and pulse all of this together in a food processor. If you like more of a crunch from the onion and relish, skip the processor and mix by hand.

Ham salad on a bed of lettuce on a croissant half

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Ham salad on a flaky croissant with romaine lettuce
Classic Ham Salad has the perfect blend of salty, creamy, crunchy, and so much flavor! We love this as a dip served with crackers, and especially on a croissant sandwich.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 3 large hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Roughly chop the diced ham and hard boiled eggs until nearly minced. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Add in mayonnaise, relish, minced onion, lemon juice, and dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir to combine and add more salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to serve.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 742mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ham Salad
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Marce Keeton
August 29, 2020 9:29 am

I had not made ham salad in a long time. This recipe was delicious! Thanks for sharing.

September 19, 2020 8:30 pm

5 stars
We had this tonight on croissants and it rocked ! I’d never made ham salad before and now we’ll enjoy it more often .

September 1, 2020 8:37 am

5 stars
I serve this instead of potato salad it is that good. The sweet pickle relish adds that extra zing and takes it to another level. I’m going to try adding pickle relish to potato salad, just an idea.

Jane Albertson
October 5, 2020 1:32 pm
Reply to  Christine

I always add pickle relish to my potatio salad, as well as chopped roasted red peppers and cucumbers, red and green bell peppers. Try adding slaw dressing to the mayo also!

Marsha Sparks
October 13, 2020 8:48 am
Reply to  Christine

I use sweet relish in my ham salad and dill relish in my potato salad. Just a thought!

September 6, 2020 8:08 am

5 stars
My husband and kids loved it! It was so good I made it twice in one week. I loved the tangy flavor from the sweet pickles. Thanks for sharing!

Karen Hall
August 30, 2020 7:23 pm

Just remembering that my uncle used to make great “ham” salad. As I remember, it included just mayo or salad dressing (personal choice) and chopped green pepper. Believe it or not, he made it with Spam! Spam is rather disgusting, but it really makes a good ham salad.
Including chopped egg does not appeal to me. But I think the Dijon mustard sounds worth a try. Serve chilled.

August 28, 2020 9:23 am

5 stars
I live it so simple and so delicious 😋 thanks so much for sharing!!

August 27, 2020 12:29 pm

5 stars
I made this for sandwich’s and my family loved it.

shirley devor
September 27, 2020 6:50 pm
Reply to  René

I dont use the extra salt because it has a lot salt in ham other them that its very good

October 7, 2020 3:25 am

This one sounds so easy and amazing. Love all your recipes and your wonderful smile that goes with them!

Jane Albertson
October 5, 2020 1:30 pm

5 stars
Excellent! Made it for my husband as he likes ham salad. He loved the eggs in it. I also added a little jalapeno relish to spice it up for him. Great recipe!

Debbie Damelio
September 28, 2020 7:12 am

4 stars
I grew up on this. We always had it after Easter – with 6 kids to color eggs but not eat hard boiled ones, Mom had to do something with them, so we had lots of ham salad (leftover Easter dinner) and deviled eggs! No relish though….just made some day before yesterday – there’s only me to eat it now, so I make it with one of those small ham steaks….works!

Tonya shiff
September 27, 2020 6:07 pm

5 stars
I made your Ham salad and it was amazing. I grew up in a small town and our bakery use to make ham salad sandwiches. This ham salad rates right up there with theirs and that is a high compliment. I never would have thought of putting lemon juice in it but yum! Thanks for sharing!

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