Turn Your Easter Ham Leftovers Into a Great Tasting Ham Salad Sandwich

Ham Salad SandwichI don’t eat much ham as it’s an over-processed food. Yet, it is an Easter (and for some, a Christmas) tradition, and sometimes that tradition means leftovers. After sending some home with family, I turn the leftovers into ham salad. Unfortunately, in my area, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, many homemade and store recipes call for hard-boiled eggs, and refined sugar. Eggs I can handle, but more sugar in my diet? No thank you. Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for homemade ham salad that drops both of those ingredients. Sweet pickle relish and sweet onion will give you the sweetness your palate craves.  Enjoy! But be advised: this recipe is not Paleo.


  • 2 Cups leftover Ham, chopped as coarse or fine you like in a food processor
  • 1 Cup Celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 Cup sweet Onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Pickle Relish, your choice sweet, dill, or spicy. I use sweet.
  • 1/2 Cup good quality Light Mayo like Duke’s


  1. Mix all the ingredients until well blended.
  2. Serve on your choice of bread (or wrap in large lettuce leaves) with your choice of topping. I like simple lettuce and tomato.

Craig Hartranft