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Ham and Pasta Salad – a southern classic

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A true southern classic, this Ham and Pasta salad is a staple at most get togethers. You will love the creamy texture and full flavor! 

Ham and Pasta Salad - a southern classic

I’m a little late today since I had so many posts that wound up going up yesterday.

I really didn’t want to inundate my poor followers with so much. Today is Letter H is the A-Z April Blogging Challenge and I went for Ham.

We had tons of ham leftover from Easter and I wanted to find something to do with all the leftovers. This, wonderful, very traditional southern dish, was it.

Ham and Pasta Salad - a southern classic

A great, easy dish that helps use up leftover ham if you have it. A classic ham and pasta salad keeps things traditional.

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Ham and Pasta Salad

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Ham and Pasta Salad | Classic Southern

This classic southern Ham and Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish or pasta salad for a BBQ or any get together!
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Pasta and Rice
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups cooked pasta
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • ¾ cups chopped celery
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ cup dill pickles chopped
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded


  • Cook your pasta until tender, according to package directions.
  • Drain and run cold water over the pasta to cool it off. Drain all water.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley.
  • In a large bowl, pour in the pasta and add the mayo sauce and mix together well.
  • Add the celery, onion, dill pickles and ham and mix together.
  • Gently stir in the shredded cheese.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
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  1. This is perfect! I was just doing a search this morning for a yummy pasta salad to make tomorrow, and this has ALL my favorite flavors. Thanks!

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