Ham salad
Ham salad spread on bread
TypeSalad or spread
Place of originNorth America / Great Britain
Region or stateAmerican South, American Midwest
Associated cuisineAmerican cuisine, British cuisine, Canadian cuisine, Australian cuisine
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredients
Ingredients generally used
Similar dishes

Ham salad is a traditional Anglo-American salad. Ham salad resembles chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad (as well as starch-based salads like potato salad, macaroni salad, and pea salad): the primary ingredient, ham, is mixed with smaller amounts of chopped vegetables or relishes, and the whole is bound with liberal amounts of a mayonnaise,[1] salad cream, or other similar style of salad dressing, such as Miracle Whip.[2]


Ham salad generally includes cooked or canned cold ham which has been minced, cubed, or ground; the mayonnaise or other dressing; diced sour or sweet cucumber pickles or cucumber pickle relish; and perhaps chopped raw celery, green pepper, or onion.[2][3] Raw cucumber, shredded carrot, pimento, sweet corn kernels, or tomato are sometimes used. The salad can be mixed or garnished with generous quantities of chopped hard-boiled egg;[4][self-published source][5] grated cheese may be used, or peas[6] or boiled potato[7] may be added to bulk out the dish. The salad is typically chilled and served cold.[8]

Like other mayonnaise-bound meat salads, the finished dish typically has a chunky, grainy, or pasty texture, and is frequently served as a spread upon crackers or upon bread in a sandwich.

As with other Anglo-American salads, the recipe for ham salad has many regional and family variations. Similar salads are made using chopped or ground bologna, Spam, and other cured or potted meats and sausages.

Ham salad is popular in the Upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States, which have long histories of pork and ham production.

See also


  1. ^ Bauer, Elise (6 June 2010). "Ham salad". Simply Recipes. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Calloway, Karin (11 July 2011). "Old fashioned ham salad is simple re-creation". The Augusta Chronicle. Augusta, Georgia. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  3. ^ Fain, Lisa (2 June 2010). "Deviled ham salad". Homesick Texan. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. ^ Reilly, N. (2010). Ukrainian Cuisine with an American Touch and Ingredients. Xlibris US. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-4535-1186-2. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Cook Book of the Ladies' Aid Society, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. Rudolph Volkening, Publisher and Printer. 1922. p. 61. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. ^ McKinney, A. (2015). The Outdoor Table. Thomas Nelson. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7180-2220-4. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Mendelsohn, F.; Co, Oakland Brewing & Malting (2008). Blue and Gold Cook Book. Cooking in America. Applewood Books. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-4290-1132-7. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Cutler, H.G. (1903). Cutler's Red Book of Priceless Recipes: A Collection of the Most Practical, Useful and Valuable Recipes, Formulas and Suggestions for Every Occasion. W.R. Vansant. p. 200. Retrieved January 22, 2017.