lil’ kahuna hawaiian ham salad sliders

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What a wonderful weekend we enjoyed. Lots of great company, good food, and sunshine. I hope you all enjoyed your time with family and friends!

Jeff bought a huge ham, so we have quite a bit of leftovers. I put some aside in freezer bags for our favorite Ham & Cheese Casserole, some for Monte Cristos, some for brekky Bennys, some for Crunchy Ham Wraps, a big soup bone for split pea soup or navy bean soup, and I made a batch of this ham salad for our lunch yesterday. You could serve this salad with crackers as an appetizer, forego the bread and just serve scoops of it over little beds of lettuce for a low-carb lunch, make wrap sandwiches with it by adding some grated cheddar cheese and lettuce leaves…or…you could make these awesome Hawaiian Ham Sliders. We really like these because we usually have everything we need for them the day after Easter. What is your favorite way to use up that leftover ham?

for 6 sliders:

(serves 3 people…2 sliders per person)

6 sweet Hawaiian rolls, split

1 cup cooked ham, chilled and chopped

1/4 cup real mayonnaise

3 Tablespoons finely chopped sweet bell pepper or celery

2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion

2 teaspoons grainy brown mustard or Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

6 Tablespoons Pineapple crisp, chilled

green olives or Maraschino cherries for garnish

Split rolls and set on plates. In a small bowl, combine ham, mayo, bell pepper/celery, onion, mustard, sugar and ground black pepper until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Divide ham salad evenly among the 6 rolls. On each of the buns that are now topped with ham salad, place a Tablespoon of the cold pineapple crisp. Place tops on sandwiches and garnish each sandwich with an olive or cherry on a toothpick.



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  9 comments for “lil’ kahuna hawaiian ham salad sliders

  1. paulyn plouffe
    April 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm


    It looks delicious but for people in QUebec what is your pineapple crisp?

    Sorry for my ignorance……

    Thanks Paulyn

  2. April 2, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Melissa, these little sliders are brilliant. I love your other ideas for leftover ham, but these have stolen my heart! 🙂 Thank you for another great idea and presentation!

    I hope you are having a beautiful week! 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      so pleased you like them, Joy! Thanks for stopping by! xo 🙂

  3. December 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    My mom made these years ago, but used a small amount of sweet pickle relish, instead of sugar. I like the idea of the small Hawaiian buns! Would even make a neat breakfast for hungry young boys!

    • Melissa
      December 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Hi Carol! Ooh, yes! I love sweet pickle relish in my salads too. What a great idea to serve them for breakfast, maybe with an egg? Yum 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Enjoy the recipe.

  4. Karen
    July 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm


    I am thrilled I found your blog, I don’t know how you keep it up.


    • Melissa
      July 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Hi Karen! 🙂

      I’m so happy you’re here!

      Yes, a blog is a lot of work… but it’s work I love 🙂

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment!


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