What I’m Making: Ham and Peas Salad

You might remember a bit ago I was telling you about needing to make salads for the church fundraiser. I had promised my pea salad recipe and today I’m sharing it. It comes from this book.,,

I picked this book up some time ago. Our daughter Kayla was working one summer at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa. We went to see the farms. If you’ve never been it’s great. It’s a “live” museum. Workers are at several different “farm sites” and they live and work there as they would if they were actually living in that time period on a farm. They do everything from cooking in a fireplace on one farm to cooking at a wood stove at a different farm. There is also a period-appropriate town. Kayla worked part of the day at one farm and then the rest of the day she worked at the milliner’s in town. She really enjoyed doing that. If I lived in the area, I would have loved working there.

Anyway, we got more of a behind-the-scenes tour when Kayla worked there. It was so much fun.

When we left we stopped at the gift shop and I bought this recipe book. I’ve tried a few recipes from the book. This is one of my favorites.

Before I really get to the recipe though I want to tell you that the recipe uses a lot of hard-boiled eggs. I was making deviled eggs for the same event for my other salad so I cooked up 36 eggs. I decided to peel all of them so that I’d use the ones that peel the best in the pea salad and save the ones that peeled well for the deviled eggs.

I cook my eggs in the Instant Pot. I put about an inch of water in the bottom and put however many eggs I want to hard boil into the pot. I set it for manual for 4 minutes. Then I leave them in the pot with the pressure on for 4 minutes. I release the pressure and put them in cold water. The eggs peel like a dream.

The eggs on the left were all perfect for deviled eggs. There are three in the other bucket. One cracker while cooking. The other two actually peeled great but I squished them a bit when peeling and the white part got a crack in it. I actually could have used them it I needed. The shells come off SO easy when you make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Top ten recommend.

Now to the recipe. This is it… Ham and Peas Salad.

It’s easy peasy. It happened that when I went to the grocery store the pre-chopped ham was cheaper than the whole ham so I went the easy route and bought it. Besides chopping it’s really just a dump-and-stir salad.

I am showing it off in a “very glamorous” ice cream bucket. I don’t want to worry about getting a salad bowl back. HA! Last year I purposely sent my dessert in a cake take that was cracked but holding together. I expected them to throw it out. Nope. Someone tracked me down and returned it. Hopefully this year they won’t track me down over an ice cream bucket. HA!

Admittedly, I snuck out some salad for my supper.

For an FYI…this salad only makes a small amount. I tripled the recipe to only get about 3/4 of a bucket full of salad. If you are taking this salad somewhere, I would recommend planning to at least double the recipe. The beauty of it all is that it’s an easy salad to adjust.

13 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Ham and Peas Salad”

  1. I make this using macaroni and without egg…………. I’m going to try your version w/ our leftover Christmas ham. YUMMY!!!

  2. It sounds good and the recipe is small enough that I won’t be eating it for weeks. I have snap peas so I might substitute that. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Sounds yummy! I bet it would be good with some mild cheese cubes added too. I’ll have to try it both ways. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Thanks for the recipe and for the tip on making boiled eggs in the instant pot, have not done this yet. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Judith Fairchild

    Oh be still my stomach.
    I read the recipe and started drooling.
    Just the type of salad that satisfy. I have the ingredients so that’s going to be lunch yummmmm.

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