I love quaint, old expressions and this year with all the our hot, hot days I kept thinking about “Dog days of summer.” Now, being a dog lover, I always thought that meant the hot August days where it was all a dog could do but find a bit of shade and pant and try to stay cool.

Classic Ham Salad
Classic Ham Salad

Nope. It means, “…the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11. A period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.”

That’s all enough to make me want to roll my eyes, I just don’t get Astronomy, but that last part? Lethargy, Inactivity, Indolence. It kind of seems like me in the heat…

Classic Ham Salad
Classic Ham Salad

Regardless of the skies or the calender, this is the perfect recipe for the Dog Days or any hot day. Easy, peasy, cool and delish, there’s nothing like a Classic, cool & creamy Ham Salad to beat the heat & keep you out of the kitchen.

This salad is the perfect use for leftover ham. All of these types of mixed Mayo salads can get a little watery the next day. Drain off the excess liquid and add a little more mayo to freshen them up.

Classic Ham Salad
Classic Ham Salad

Classic Ham Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups of chopped, leftover ham (food processor works great for this)
  • 3/4 cup finely diced celery (more or less as desire)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to desired consistency

Mix all ingredients together, serve in tomato cups, on lettuce or in a sandwich.

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I’ll be linking up this week at our Throwback Thursday, Fiesta Friday & Saucy Saturdays.


11 Comments on “Classic Ham Salad

  1. Who know that’s where the dog days came from? i never think to make ham salad, but my husband makes it every so often. My aunt used to have a certain butcher/deli that she had to visit when she came to IL from TX just for the ham salad. Now I’m in the mood for a batch. (I made a version of your tomato tart and it was delicious!! I’ll post about it soon!)

    • Thanks Carlee – I get your Aunt! Sometimes I just HAVE to have something that was exactly as I remembered. Comfort! I can’t wait to see what you did with the tart.

      I’m having issues with my internet, btw, it took about an hour to get out a post and I can’t view any of the links at Throwback Thursday. Crazy!!

    • I had to pick those crackers exactly because of that reason! 🙂 Just like when I was a kid, although then anything but saltines were for special parties!

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