Saturday, November 28, 2009

Southern Ham and Egg Salad

Chopped cooked ham, typically leftover from a holiday ham, and boiled eggs, come together with celery, green onion, mayo, mustard and a little Cajun seasoning, for a southern favorite - Ham and Egg Salad. Easy and delicious!
Chopped cooked ham, typically leftover from a holiday ham, and boiled eggs, come together with celery, green onion, mayo, mustard and a little Cajun seasoning, for a southern favorite - Ham and Egg Salad. Easy and delicious!

Southern Ham and Egg Salad

Here's another one of my favorite egg salad recipes, made with ham and a perfect sandwich filling to utilize leftover holiday ham. If you don't have leftover ham or ham that you've previously frozen, just pick up a ham steak from the meat department, or ask the deli to slice you a 1/4 to 1/2 inch slice of ham. That's what I do!

Other than what is contained in the Cajun seasoning, I don't add any additional salt since ham tends to be on the salty side already. You can, of course, simply omit the Cajun seasoning. As always, taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Simple and delicious. Here's how to make it.

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Recipe: Southern Ham and Egg Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Inactive time: 1 hour | Yield: About 4 servings

  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of chopped ham
  • 4 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon of spicy brown or yellow mustard, or to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of dried parsley

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Serve as a sandwich filling on bread, with toast points or crackers.

Ham Pasta Salad Variation: This also makes a great base for a pasta salad. Simply cook and drain a pound of your favorite pasta - bowties, medium shells, macaroni, rotini or any other medium cut pasta is good. Use your favorite pasta salad add-ins in 1/2 cup to 1 cup increments to taste - shredded or cubed hard cheeses (cheddar, monterey jack, Swiss, colby, etc.), thawed, frozen peas, sliced olives, chopped carrot, cucumber, green, red or yellow pepper, pickles, jalapeno, halved cherry or grape tomatoes.   Increase mayonnaise as needed, or a homemade or commercial Ranch dressing is an excellent swap too. I like to add a splash of pickle juice to mine and also moisten it with a splash or two of milk.


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  1. I have got to look for this slap ya momma seasoning, must be wonderful and obviously so versatile.

  2. Nice one Mary. BTW I received the coupon, thanks again.

  3. You know, you could also use turkey or chicken deli or lunch-meat in this salad too.

  4. Just made this...never thought of this before.....I did not have parsley so chopped up some celery leaves......delicious!!!

    1. I'm so glad that you gave it a try & enjoyed it & thanks so much for stopping back by to let me know!! That means a lot to me.

  5. Mary, I am definitely going to try this. Growing up our Tennessee Mom quit making ham salad when she put all of us on a low salt diet (when Dad got high blood pressure). Have always had trouble getting my ham salad UN-salty enough for our tastes without any added table salt, since everything I added (prepared mustard, pickles, mayo, ham) had salt in it: it turns out "gag a maggot" salty! Recently, when out of yellow mustard, I added mustard powder instead - VOILA! perfect. I have Slap Your Momma, but do they make a low salt version? It does have a lot of salt. I've only used it in dishes without any other source of salt.

    1. Boy you are so right Bonita about the salt thing. I'm convinced when they started removing preservatives they just added more salt! Anyway, SYM is a salt based blend, but I did recently receive an email saying that a low sodium version was coming! I've not seen it in the stores here yet though, but I see it on their website so I'm watching for it!!


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