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Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. Opinions and text are my own.

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

How do you transform leftover ham? Make ham salad of course. Last month, I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Ham with Apple Sauce and today I’m sharing how to use up some of that leftover ham by making Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches! I partnered up with Pork Be Inspired to create a few holiday recipes, and this was one of them. I was asked to take a classic family recipe and transform it into something new aged. The first thing that came to mind was my grandmother’s ham salad sandwiches. Every time my mom makes a ham you better believe she is making ham salad with some of the leftovers and slow cooker split pea soup with the remaining.
Tropical Ham Salad SandwichesI figured I would make our families ham salad recipe and make it tropical! Everyone in my family who indulges in this salad year after year welcomed the change. Although I’ll be the first to admit that my mom was a bit skeptical. But after the first bite she was in love with the new twist! Sweet and savory and packed full of flavor!

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

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Katie Original Recipe

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4

Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches


  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp canned crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tsp diced red bell pepper
  • 4 Hawaiian-style hamburger buns, split
  • 4 sliced pineapple, fresh or canned
  • 4 lettuce leaves


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ham and mayonnaise and pulse to blend, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add the crushed pineapple, nuts, parsley and bell pepper and pulse to blend, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Set aside.
  2. Arrange the lettuce on the bun bottoms. Top with the sliced pineapple, ham mixture and bun tops and serve.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. I received compensation to create this recipe, and opinions and text are my own.


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6 Responses to “Tropical Ham Salad Sandwiches”

  1. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on December 7, 2013 at 12:08 am (#)

    I just want this. That is all. And…I was totally addicted to ham salad when I was pregnant, except…I wanted it on top of pancakes. I know, I know….but my husband made it happen. Crazy.

    • Katie replied on December 17th, 2013 at 11:36 am

      HA ha Cathy that is so random… but I guess the sweet and savory complimented one another! 🙂

  2. Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine posted on December 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm (#)

    I haven’t had ham salad since I was a kid, I remember I used to LOVE it. I might have to try this, I don’t like ham steaks, but maybe this could work.

    • Katie replied on December 17th, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Ashley–if you can deal with the texture of the salad you’ll love this!

  3. Kevin @ Closet Cooking posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:14 am (#)

    This ham salad sounds so good!

    • Katie replied on December 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Kevin! It’s a great way to use up leftovers!!!

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