Loaded Ham Salad
Most days I eat a piece of fresh fruit and cheese for lunch, but lately I have been on a sandwich kick! Now, I am not talking about a tiny little sandwich for lunch. I’m talking about the big, tall, loaded and filling sandwiches I have to make for my 6’7″ husband in the afternoon. While I definitely can’t eat the big sandwiches that I make him for lunch, but I can certainly eat half! Usually turkey or ham sandwiches with tomatoes, pepper, onion and all of those fixings are on the menu, but this week I had left over ham in the refrigerator. Since I don’t really enjoy eating the same meal for several nights in a row with left overs, I often try to create something different using them.
This tasty Loaded Ham Salad is really simple to make especially with the help of your food processor! Since my husband loves all sorts of extras on his sandwiches, I blended those delicious flavors right into this salad. I mixed the extra juicy ham I had with celery, Vidalia onion, red pepper, sweet relish, hard boiled eggs, Dijon mustard, Hellman’s Mayonnaise and Sharp Cheddar cheese for a filling Ham Salad Sandwich. Because I thought this salad needed something bigger than plain old sandwich bread to hold it, I added it to a buttery croissant with crunchy lettuce. My husband (and my son) raved about this sandwich and I was able to use the last of that delicious ham up and make room in my refrigerator for something else later in the week! If you are looking for a good way to use your left over Easter ham this year, give this Loaded Ham Salad a try!
- 4 cups left over ham, fat trimmed off
- 2 celery stalks, cut into large chunks
- 1/2 of a large Vidalia onion, cut into large chunks
- 1/2 of a large red pepper, cut into large chunks
- 1/3 cup sweet relish
- 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
- 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 1/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- a little salt and pepper to season
- Add the celery, pepper and onion to your food processor and chop.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until it comes together into a nice salad.
- Season with a little salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on thick toasted bread, a bagel or croissant with lettuce and tomato.
- Store left over salad in the refrigerator.
- Makes about 6 cups of ham salad.
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