Ham salad is a traditional Anglo-American salad. It is related to chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad as well as starch based salads like potato salad, pasta salad, and pea salad. Ham salad is still very popular in western Pennsylvania, and also fairly popular in the Upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states due to a strong history of curing ham.
A typical ham salad is almost interchangeable with the other salads. Typically it includes ham, mayonnaise or salad dressing, diced dill or sweet pickles or pickle relish, chopped hard-boiled egg, and perhaps onions, celery, cucumber or tomatoes. Like the other Anglo-American salads, there are many different recipes for ham salad.