DEVILED HAM SALAD - A Tasty treat over plain sandwiches

To me this is a ham salad - I don't know why they called it "deviled ham" maybe it's because the ham gets chopped up and mixed up with other ingredients. Maybe, someone who really loves plain ham called it this because he didn't like the idea of ruining a good piece of meat.

Whatever the reason was - here is the basic simple salad recipe for deviled ham.

Check out the "Optional Ingredients" and customize your "Deviled Ham".

Recipe for Deviled Ham


  • 1 6 1/2 oz (184 g) can of flaked ham (drained if watery)
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sweet green relish
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) green onion - diced
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) real mayonnaise


1. place ham flakes in a small bowl

2. add the other ingredients

3. mix well & spread on bread/crackers

Yield 2 hearty sandwiches

Optional Ingredients

1 tsp chopped sweet peppers

1 squirt mustard

1 squirt ketchup

pickle slices

onion slices

lettuce leaves for each sandwich

NoteA If you use the larger size canned hams:

1. scrape the jelly off the outside before using

2. double or triple the recipe according to the amount of ham

B If you are using fresh ham:

chop enough ham for 6 1/2 oz (3/4 cup)

Did you Know

Deviled ham was first started in the United States by the Underwood Company after experimenting with ham and spice recipes in the late 1860s. They were granted a trademark on their little red devil logo by 1870 and started turning out the deviled ham in small cans. Many people liked the recipe, and soon were experimenting with their own recipes.

There are probably a thousand simple salad recipes for deviled ham. Your preferences and what you have on hand are the determining factors on exactly what goes into your individual deviled ham recipe.

Deviled ham can be used as a vegetable or cracker dip, a sandwich filling, topping canapes or for hors d'oeuvre, or served on a bed of lettuce for a Dinner Salad.

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