Ham Salad

Grandma’s Ham Salad recipe. A delicious dip with crackers! Make this for your next party, just do it!

Grandma's Ham Salad recipe: perfect on crackers!

Every year, no matter where our family Christmas is being held, I’m always in charge of bringing Grandma’s Ham Salad.

Growing up, my Grandma always served the same food for Christmas. We ate cold cut sandwiches, potato salad and ham salad. I know it may not be your traditional holiday meal, but I looked forward to it for so many reasons.

First, the cold cuts. My mom NEVER bought deli meat or cheese when I was a kid. We ate bologna or Buddig (anyone remember this??). My Grandparents always had fresh sliced deli meats and cheeses. Yes, CHEESE. I only knew cheese to come in plastic, individually wrapped. But deli cheese? OMG yum. It’s all I ever buy now as an adult.

And potato salad. You may remember me sharing my grandma’s potato salad HERE. It is simply the best. The key to her potato salad is dicing everything VERY VERY small.

Finally, the ham salad. You have to own a meat grinder to make this salad. Which is why this became my job every year since she has passed on. I’m the only one in the family with a meat grinder. I use THIS ATTACHMENT for my KitchenAid. I love it!

But Grandma’s ham salad took me several years to get right because her recipe had no measurements except a 5lb ham. Everything else was just a list of ingredients. I had to figure out HOW MUCH of everything she used. One year I used too much soy sauce, yikes, it was so salty. One year, way to much mayo and it was almost as creamy as potato salad.

Now, I’ve pretty much got it down, and I can eyeball everything. However, for you all, I measured and am sharing it today! Never had ham salad? You are missing out. Do you like those ham roll ups with cream cheese and onion (or pickles)??? It kinda tastes like that….kinda.

This recipe makes a lot of ham salad. Before you ask, I don’t know if you can freeze it, I’ve never tried. I bring it home for the holidays and all of my family members get a container. If it’s not all eaten at once, of course! ENJOY!!

Ham Salad- grandma's dip recipe is perfect on crackers!

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Ham Salad


  • 5lb ham, fully cooked
  • 2 jars (10oz each) dill pickle relish
  • 3 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp soy sauce


  1. Grind fully cooked ham with a coarse meat grinder. Add mustard, mayonnaise and soy sauce, mixing until fully combined.
  2. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days. ENJOY.
  • For best flavor, use a brown sugar glazed ham. If I can't find one, I bake a ham making a brown sugar glaze and topping with cloves. YUM.

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26 comments on “Ham Salad”

  1. I grew up on a ham salad that was very similar to this… I’m going to have to ask my mom for the recipe to compare it. My parents do cold cuts for xmas eve dinner now, to make things easier. We love it. More time to concentrate on the visitors than on making another elaborate meal.

  2. Barb

    Hi…..3/4 c. of mayo and 3 t. (1 T.) of mustard surely can’t be enough for 5 lbs. of ham. Are you sure of those amounts?

  3. Skye

    Memory flashback…Buddig beef on whole wheat bread (a brand called Roman Meal) with just enough mustard to moisten the bread. I too love deli meat now. I will definitely try your Grandma’s ham salad because it sounds a lot like my grandma’s. Thank you for posting this recipe!

  4. We LOVE our Kitchen Aid meat grinder attachment!! It makes life so much easier! I love your family story that goes along with this great looking Ham Salad! Have a great New Year!!

  5. You always have such great tips with apps and desserts. Keep up the good work in 2014. Happy New Year my bloggy friend! 🙂

  6. Memaw in FL

    I too grew with ham salad on the menu. However, we didn’t always have a ham so Mom used Spam. I know, Oh Yucky Spam! She would grind it with the metal monster attached to the kitchen counter run onion through with it, add relish, mayo and there you have it. It was delish (to me and Dad at least).

  7. Wow! That sounds like something I would love. Thank you for sharing. I didn’t think anyone else liked ham salad. Great stuff for sure!

  8. My hubby love ham salad … must try your recipe!

  9. I totally need a meat grinder. This is something my family would love!!

  10. Monica

    My mom always makes this with leftover ham! We just call it ‘ham and pickle.’ It’s one of those things that I never really want it, but when it’s there I love having it, if that makes any sense. I thought about making it this year, and now seeing yours I think I will! 🙂

  11. When I was pregnant with my first little guy I had a SEVERE craving for ham salad. I was at work so over my lunch break I went to the grocery store and bought a 1/4 lb of ham salad and a loaf of bread. I swear it was a miracle that I made it back to work before devouring it. I ate the whole thing by myself. It kind of makes me sick thinking about it now lol

  12. Yes, I remember the Buddig! Too funny. We also had our share of bologna while growing up….especially Spam! I tell my kids those stories all the time…and they are thankful they get to eat real ham!
    This recipe looks amazing…my boys would really dig this!

  13. This dip looks so tasty, I am sure it would be a huge hit in my house!

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  15. Lisa P.

    Hi! This ham salad looks delicious! Reminds me of my wedding day! My hubby and I were young and broke and my sweet neighbor made the food for my reception. She made pimiento cheese and ham salad finger sandwiches. Her ham salad also had pecans ground into it, as well, and it was spectacular! That was nearly 20 years ago and I can still taste it! I will definitely be trying this recipe and perhaps adding a few pecans!

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  19. KelliT

    This is exactly like my grandmas recipe with one exception, she adds a couple of slices of american cheese(and uses a food processor instead of meat grinder. It really adds to it, oddly enough!

  20. Phoebe

    I love ham salad. My recipe is a little different though. I use 2 lb ham, chopped fine in processor, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 c mayo, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1/2 tsp hot sauce, 2tbsp finely chopped onion and 2 tbsp. parsley flakes. Mix all ingredients until well combined.

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