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Canned Ham Salad

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Have you ever found yourself staring at your pantry, wondering what to make for lunch or dinner? You’re not alone. We’ve all been there. Today, I’m going to share how you can whip up a delicious ham salad using just the items in your pantry.

What is Ham Salad?

Before we dive into the process, let’s talk about what ham salad is. It’s a popular dish in many households, especially in the United States. The main ingredient is, of course, ham. But it also includes other ingredients like mayonnaise, mustard, and various vegetables. It’s often served on bread as a sandwich, but it can also be enjoyed on its own.

Why Use Pantry Items?

Using pantry items to make meals has several benefits. First, it’s cost-effective. You’re utilizing what you already have instead of buying new ingredients. Second, it’s convenient. You don’t need to run to the store if you’re missing an ingredient. Lastly, it reduces waste. You’re less likely to throw away food if you use it before it expires.

Making Ham Salad with Pantry Items

Now, let’s get to the fun part – making ham salad with pantry items. Here’s a general guide:

  1. Ham: This is the star of the dish. If you have leftover ham from a previous meal, great! If not, canned ham works just as well.
  2. Mayonnaise and Mustard: These are the base for the dressing. They add creaminess and tanginess to the salad.
  3. Vegetables: This is where you can get creative. Pickles, onions, celery, bell peppers – whatever you have in your pantry that you think would go well with ham.
  4. Seasoning: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder – these can all add flavor to your salad.
  5. Extras: If you want to add a little something extra, consider adding hard-boiled eggs or cheese.

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Remember, this is just a guide. The beauty of cooking with pantry items is that you can adjust based on what you have. Don’t have mustard? Use more mayonnaise. Don’t like pickles? Leave them out. The possibilities are endless!

Making ham salad with pantry items is not only easy and cost-effective, but it’s also a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. So next time you’re staring at your pantry, wondering what to make, consider whipping up some ham salad. You might be surprised at how delicious it can be!

Canned Ham Salad | This Old Baker

Canned Ham Salad

This canned ham salad recipe is a quick and easy dish that’s perfect for any occasion. It combines the savory taste of canned ham with fresh veggies like celery and onions, all mixed in a creamy mayonnaise dressing. Serve it on bread for a satisfying sandwich, or enjoy it on its own as a light and tasty meal.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • 1 canned ham 16 oz
  • 1 tsp dried celery
  • 8 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4-1 cup mayonnaise


  • Process the ham in the food processor.
  • In a bowl mix all of the ingredients, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Store in an airtight bowl and chill.  Keep refrigerated.


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