Iowa Ham Salad – Put those leftovers to good use! It’s great for sandwiches – or put it on crackers for an easy lunch or appetizer idea.
Easter is just a few days away and you’re probably already wondering what to do with all of that leftover ham? Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes that use leftover ham with this Iowa Ham Salad. It’s so easy to make and I love that it can be used on crackers or in sandwiches! Put those leftovers to good use!
I’ll be the first to admit that our family doesn’t really eat too much pork. Brian and I are big fans of chicken so we tend to eat a lot of it. However, a ham almost always makes an appearance for holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Inevitably, I always buy too much leaving us with plenty of leftovers. Not a bad thing, friends. Back when I lived in the Midwest, I realized that pork was very popular and they had some pretty awesome ways to use up leftover ham. Ham loaves and ham salad being two of my favorites.
Can I freeze ham salad?
If frozen immediately after making or within 24 hours of making, it should be okay in the freezer up to 2 months.
How long is ham salad good in the refrigerator?
I would suggest using ham salad within 3-5 days.
Ways to jazz up your Iowa Ham Salad:
Some folks like to add boiled and chopped eggs to their ham salad – totally not my thing, personally ….. but if you like the idea, 2 or 3 boiled and chopped eggs can be added to the recipe below. I’ve also been known to add ham salad to leftover elbow macaroni for a quick lunch.
Other recipes you may enjoy:
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole
- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Items you need for this recipe:
- 3 cups fully cooked ham, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. sweet pickle relish
- 1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
- 1 tbsp. finely chopped celery
- 1 cup mayo (or more to taste)
- 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
- Crackers or bread, for serving
- Combine all ingredients (except crackers or bread) in a large bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate until serving time.
- To serve, spread mixture on crackers or use on bread to make into sandwiches!
Using a food processor makes it super simple to mix this up!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 966mgFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g
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