Grandma Lucille’s Ham Salad

Ham salad in a serving cup with crackers and grape tomatoes.

Ham Salad! Such a great way to use up leftover ham.  In just a few minutes you can have a batch of Grandma Lucille’s Ham Salad. Quickly whip up this ham salad recipe in your food processor – all you need are a few ingredients.  Before long, you’ll be stuffing ham salad sandwiches into your mouth like a mad – it’s grand!

Grandma Lucille’s Ham Salad Recipe 

A cup of ham salad with grape tomatoes and crackers.

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Man, I ate ALOT of Ham Salad when I was growing up. My Grandma Lucille made it often and she served it with crackers or on little cocktail buns.

One day when she was making a batch of ham salad, she let me help her grind the meat and that was when I learned she didn’t use ham at all…it was BOLOGNA!

She said it was her little secret and that it saved a ton of $$. All I know is that it was delicious!

Grandma Lucille had a grinder that clamped right to the side of her counter. She would drop chunks of bologna into the top of the grinder and I got to turn the handle. (I sure wish I had her grinder – I think of it often.)

I remember how fun it was fun to watch the bologna coming out of the grinder into her bowl.

Whenever I make a ham (usually in my Instant Pot) I love having some left over so I can make a big bowl of ham salad.

Ham salad is great to have in the fridge – it just makes me feel good knowing it’s in there for my gang when they get hungry. They can make sandwiches in nothing flat, and for those of us who are trying to eat low-carb, ham salad is delicious wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

I’ve also served ham salad for a luncheon on mini croissants and also in Athens Phyllo Cups – such a beautiful appetizer that’s so easy. Plus, I like the texture of the creamy ham salad with the crispy phyllo cup.

Ham Salad! Such a great way to use up leftover ham.  In just a few minutes you can have a batch of this Easy Ham Salad whipped right up in your food processor and all you need are a few ingredients.  Before long, you'll be stuffing ham salad sandwiches into your mouth like a mad woman - it's grand.

3 things to love about this recipe – 

  1. You can serve it as an appetizer with crackers or on buns as a sandwich. 
  2. It’s a great way to use up leftover ham. 
  3. Everybody loves it! 

Recipe Tips for Making Tasty Ham Salad – It’s So Easy! 

  • What if I don’t own a food processor? No worries.  Just pull out your cutting board and your chef’s knife and get to mincing.  It takes a bit longer, but it’s totally worth the effort.  Or, if you have a food grinder, like my Grandma Lucille did, that works even better!
  • This recipe calls for pure maple syrup.  Is that the same thing as pancake syrup?  Great question, and no it’s not.  Pure maple syrup is a concentrated (pure) form of syrup that’s actually sap from a maple tree, much unlike pancake syrup that is highly processed. I try to keep pure maple syrup on hand at all times for using in my recipes as a sweetener – love the flavor!
  • Why does this recipe call for horseradish? Prepared horseradish is grated horseradish root and must be stored in the fridge.  You will find this ingredient in the meat section of the grocery store, or near the deli meats and bacon area, typically.  Horseradish is great in any dish that needs a little ZING! It’s a solid condiment to keep on hand.

Ham salad as an appetizer served with crackers and grape tomatoes.


More Summer Salad Recipes to Enjoy –

Printable Ham Salad Recipe – 

Ham salad in a serving cup with crackers and grape tomatoes.

Ham Salad

Is there any better way to use up leftover ham? No way. And all you need are a few ingredients.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Chef Alli


  • 4 cups finely minced or ground cooked ham, I process mine in the food processor (this is about 1 lb. of cooked ham)
  • 1/2-2/3 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
  • 1-2 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 2-3 Tbs. pure maple syrup


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine mayo, relish, Worcestershire, mustard, horseradish, and syrup until well blended; fold in the minced ham until well combined.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve on cocktail buns or with crackers.

Course: Appetizer, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Keyword: deviled ham, ham

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