This Ham salad recipe is as easy as it looks! This Ham salad is a copycat to the ham salad my former Amish boss made in a Pennsylvania Dutch Market stand in the community I grew up in. This Ham salad has a great flavor, especially when you add a variety of meat ends such as ham, turkey and bologna.
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3 Ingredient Amish Ham salad
- Food grinder (linked below)
- Mixing bowls (linked below)
- 2-3 cups cooked ham chunks or cubes *see note below
- 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise * see note below recipe card
- 3/4 cup dill pickle slices
- Using a meat grinder (a food processor can be used instead of a meat grinder; just separate the ham and pickles when using a processor, but the ham salad consistency will also be a little chunkier), grind the ham and pickle slices together. Stir in mayonnaise until the ham salad is smooth and spreadable. See notes below for variations.
- Spread onto fresh bread and serve with additional pickles and sandwich toppings (optional)
- Food grinder I prefer to use a grinder to get the Pennsylvania Dutch ham salad to the right consistency.
- Mixing bowls A mixing bowl with a lid is very nice to store the Amish ham salad in and you can save on dishes in the process!
Note 1* You can adjust the amount of mayo to your preference. Salad dressing can substituted for mayonnaise if you prefer the taste, but once again the amount may need to be adjusted.
Note 2* The Ham Salad that was made at the Amish deli (where I worked as a teenager) was made with these three ingredients. If you prefer, you can also add any of the optional ingredients below. Also if you have a saltier ham and want to sweeten the ham salad slightly, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Optional Add ins:
- diced celery
- diced onion
- diced bell pepper
- hard boiled eggs, chunked.
I was so excited to be able to make my own ham salad and find the taste and texture just like the Amish market Ham salad that I had been craving!