I’ll be the first to admit that ‘ham salad’ doesn’t sound super appetizing. But, hang with me. For starters, this Easy Ham Salad REcipe is a classic comfort food recipe and checks all the boxes there. But, I like to jazz up the original a bit with some crunchy pickles, capers, and lots of fresh citrus flavors.

Plus, do yourself a favor and sear the ham a bit in a skillet to give it some color and extra flavor.

It might sound crazy, but the resulting ham salad is almost light. Served cold, it’s a refreshing picnic style salad that can be served on any bread, but I like a sweeter bread like Flatout Flatbreads new Sweet Hawaiian option. You could also just eat it on, sturdy bread, a layer of butter lettuce, or even spread on crackers!

It’s a humble recipe, for sure, but one that you can add some simple things to that bring it to a new level. In other words, my favorite kind of recipe. Dig in!

Crunchy Pickle Ham Salad

5 from 2 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
This humble ham salad recipe is kicked up a few notches with crunchy dill pickles, veggies, citrus, and capers. It’s a great picnic staple.


  • 2 cups seared ham steak, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2-3 scallions, diced
  • ½ cup diced dill pickles
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Butter lettuce, for serving
  • Flatout Foldit Sweet Hawaiian, for serving


  • In a small or medium skillet, add olive oil over medium heat. Add ham steak and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the ham has some color and is seared nicely. Remove ham, let cool to room temperature, and then chop, trimming off any large fatty portions.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together diced celery, scallions, pickles, lemon zest and juice, and capers along with mayo, mustard and spices.
  • Fold in diced ham and season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve salad on Sweet Hawaiian FoldIts with butter lettuce.
  • Leftover salad keeps well in the fridge for three days.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1306mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American

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Easy Ham Salad with Crunchy Pickles

This ham salad recipe starts with a base of good crunchy veggies. I gave rough guidelines in the recipe, but you can make it your own. Personally, I’d probably double the capers on some days because I love their briny bite.

Easy ham salad recipe
Crunchy Base

I’m not a fan of deli ham for a recipes like this. Find a good quality ham steak and sear it for a few minutes per side in a skillet in a little oil. It doesn’t need anything else to bring out the caramelized flavors of the ham.

Ham Salad Recipe
Good sear.

Chop the ham up (trimming off any large pieces of fat) and add it to the salad base with the dressing ingredients.

How to Make Ham Salad
All together now.

Stir it up and it’s ready for prime time!

Ham Salad Recipe with Crunchy Pickles
Ready to go.

When making a ham salad sandwich I like to spoon this crunchy pickle ham salad on a layer of butter lettuce which gives some crunch and also protects the bread from getting soggy!

Make it for your next picnic!


Easy Ham Salad Recipe
All wrapped up!

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