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Ham Salad Spread

My family has enjoyed this hearty ham salad recipe for years. It came to be an unexpected leftover every time we had ham for a special dinner. Recently, I decided to measure the ingredients, write down the recipe and pass it on to my daughter and daughter-in-law. They encouraged me to share it with Reminisce readers. —Marcella Kulp, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 3 cups ground fully cooked ham
  • 1 hard-boiled large egg, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Combine mayonnaise and mustard; add to ham mixture and mix well. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 97 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 276mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • JABlair
    Jul 20, 2020

    I’ve been craving ham salad but have never made it. Thank you for this delicious recipe. It’s a keeper for me! So delicious, just as I remembered this.

  • annrms
    May 7, 2020

    Never made ham salad with egg before, but I'm glad I tried this recipe. It's delicious. We served it with Rye Triscuits.

  • Anne
    Apr 19, 2020

    Thanks Marcella for the recipe, it turned out great! My Dad use to make ham spread all the time. I tried, but failed to even come close. Now I found a recipe my picky family loves. Thanks ?? Anne for on Allentown

  • Appy_Girl
    Apr 16, 2020

    It doesn’t get any easier. This tasty spread gets made in minutes. A wonderful way to use up left over ham. Perfect for crackers or sandwiches. VFE. I highly recommend giving this one a Taste Bud Test.

  • joycerm53
    Apr 15, 2020

    Very good ham salad!! My family enjoys it! Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor

  • harveena
    Jan 2, 2019

    Used this recipe to use up a spiral ham. Didn't really measure anything except the ham and the mayo. My husband thought it was really good. Will definitely use this in the future to utilize leftover ham.

  • justmbeth
    Jan 18, 2018

    I made this at Christmas time with leftover ham. Good recipe. I never thought to add hard-boiled egg. I did go heavy on the relish. We used as a snack with crackers and as a lunchtime sandwich.

  • az_jill
    Aug 15, 2017

    Really enjoy this with some Crunchmaster crackers. I use to wing this type of recipe but this recipe is so much better!

  • MurphyNJ
    Nov 28, 2015

    Delicious on petite rolls for small sandwiches.

  • gtjones56
    Dec 22, 2014

    Good stuff! Very similar to what my grandma used to make. She always ground the ham, onion, 2 eggs and gherkin sweet pickles (not relish) together, which makes a nice texture to the mixture. I used 4 cups ground ham and put in 1 cup mayo. I also added 1/8 tsp cayenne for just a little kick. I used hickory smoked ham. If you use honey ham it will be slightly sweeter. Experiment to what you like. Good in sandwiches or on your favorite crackers.