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Recipe: Ham Salad Tea Sandwiches

Ham Salad is a perfect tea sandwich spread… so if you’re thinking of serving tea sandwiches for a party or gathering… this spread should at least make your possibilities list. It’s relatively inexpensive to make and quick and easy…. and sooo delicious.

This recipe for Ham Salad evolved when I was first married… funny story..

 I had a friend I worked with, Eleni, who was my lunch buddy.  Every day we would go to lunch together.

we had a a couple of options for places to eat.  There was a really cheap cafeteria and a department store restaurant that gave us a discount that was even good on their lunch special.

We also had another public cafeteria in the next building over that was excellent and cheap.

With plenty of options… we would rotate where we ate.

 It seemed every time we ate in the department store restaurant.. Chopped Ham and Pickle was the special sandwich… and we would go ewww… pickle… and order something else.

On other days we ate at the cafeteria next door and we’d always make a beeline to their Ham Salad sandwiches… we loved them… this went on for months.

One day we’re sitting in the cafeteria eating our Ham Salad sandwiches when I noticed something green in the salad… yep… sure enough.. there were little specks of green… in hers too…

One of the little green pieces was a little bigger… we giggled when we realized… duh… it was chopped pickle.

Funny thing.. after that whenever we went to the store restaurant they never had chopped ham and pickle on the sandwich special… go figure.

It was after that I played with making a recipe for ham salad… trying different pickles etc…. I settled on Bread and Butter pickles… it makes the yummiest ham salad…


I used 2 very lean Smithfield ham slices, both just under a pound each.  After processing it made about 4-5 cups of chopped ham.

I always use Hellman's mayonnaise.

I used about ½ a small jar of pickles  to get ¾ cup chopped pickle.

The finished salad yields about 5 ½ cups.

You can easily adapt this recipe to smaller or larger quantities.   Just start out with your desired amount of chopped ham... and add the amount of chopped pickle and mayo you like.

I hope you try it and enjoy!


Recipe: Ham Salad

All you need:

2 lean ham slices (about a pound each)
¾ cup chopped Bread and Butter pickles
1 ¼ cup Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

All you need to do:

Chop the ham and pickles very fine (I use my mini chopper or food processor… a few pulses should do it fine).

Dump the chopped ham and pickles in a large bowl.

Add the mayonnaise, mix well.

Salt and pepper to taste.


girlichef May 15, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

I haven't had ham salad in forever...sounds too good! Thanks for sharing this :)

Mary February 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

Thanks, I have a neighbor's tea to attend and have looked at umpteenth deviled ham/ham salad recipes to make tea sandwiches. Yours is the best!

Linda February 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Thanks Mary! This is really good... just make sure you use Bread and Butter pickles... they're the best for this...


Thanks for stopping by and drop by again soon... let me know how your tea sandwiches went over...



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