This ham salad is one of those recipes. It is also intended to be eaten as a salad and not a sandwich filling. It is dressed very lightly in a sweet and sour mixture; not unlike a coleslaw dressing, only much lighter. You don't want to over power the individual flavors of the key ingredients.
The ham looks frozen in the photograph and with good reason, it is frozen. Whenever we have a ham dinner the remaining ham, bone and scraps are put to good use. Today I am using some of the cubed ham from our Easter dinner. Having cubed ham frozen in the freezer makes for some quick and easy meals.
For your lunch, pack a portion of the salad, a slice of buttered bread or dinner roll to enjoy along with the salad and a cold drink. Packed lunches don't get much better than food made at home.
Celery Apple and Ham Toss
by the seat of my pants
serves 3-6 depending upon appetite
1 c diced lean ham
4 ribs celery - this recipe is a good way to use up some of the outside ribs that might be a bit tough
1 large apple - unpeeled
1 T sugar
1 T apple cider vinegar
2-3 T mayonnaise
Thinly slice celery if a bit tough (the outside ribs tend to be a bit tough). If using inside ribs, dice to match the ham.
Core, slice and dice the apple.
Combine celery, apple and ham in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients mixing well. Salad will look a bit dry, but the apple and celery will release juices and provide more moisture. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
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