I buy 5-ounce cans of Hormel chunk ham in 12-pack cases from Amazon. They are cheaper there than they are at my local stores. Be sure to compare prices though. They tend to change quickly. Hormel chunk ham is gluten free, which is important to me. As far as canned ham products go, I think Hormel Chunk Ham tastes the best, hands down. I prefer the flavor and texture to that of DAK hams, but not everyone agrees with me on that point. Either type makes pretty good ham salad. Hormel chunk ham can be mashed with a fork. DAK ham is better chopped with a knife. This recipe makes a lot of ham salad, so it takes 3-cans of Hormel or an entire can of DAK for the recipe. It also requires an 8-ounce jar of mayonnaise or 3/4 to 1-cup of mayonnaise from your jar in the fridge.
- 3 (5-ounce) cans of chopped ham OR 1 (16-ounce) canned ham such as DAK
- 1 or 2 tablespoons prepared mustard, to taste
- 1 (8-ounce) jar mayonnaise OR 3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet pickles or relish
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
Open up the ham and drain off the juice. If necessary chop it into small pieces or flake it with a fork. Combine the ham and the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. Spread on rice cakes or crackers or bread. Makes about 8 sandwiches, depending on thickly you spread it. A handful of fresh sprouts makes ham salad sandwiches especially yummy.
Serve with vegetable soup for a satisfying and nutritious lunch.
If you have fresh onion, omit the onion powder and add 1/4 to 1/2-cup finely minced fresh onion instead.