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Marinated Ham Asparagus Salad

This easy dish is perfect to serve as a holiday side or appetizer.

Marinated ham asparagus salad is an easy side dish made with fresh asparagus, chopped ham, and a sweet and tangy marinade.

Serve as a side dish to use up any leftover ham at any holiday, or even at a picnic! This salad is best served cold.

Marinated asparagus, chopped ham and green onion with a spoon.

An Easy Side Dish

If you’re looking for an easy way to use up leftover ham, try a homecooked soup or make this salad!

  • You only need a few ingredients.
  • It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
  • It can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for picnics and potlucks.
  • It tastes best when served cold.
  • Using asparagus in a salad is a nice change to just eating it steamed.
Ingredients to make recipe including asparagus, bowl of honey, chopped ham, bowl of vinegar, green onions, and dijon mustard.

Recipe Ingredients

ASPARAGUS: Choose 2 lbs of asparagus from the store. This equals about 30 skinny asparagus. Remove the woodsy ends by either snapping or cutting them off.

HAM: This recipe is great to use up leftover ham, even if it’s glazed ham. You only need 2 cups worth, which is about 2-3 thick slices of cooked ham.

MARINADE: It’s fresh and simple made from olive oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper. The salad will be soaked in this marinade for 1-2 hours.

Four images showing steps to make recipe: Pot with asparagus and water, Dish with ham, green onions and asparagus, Dish with recipe ingredients and two forks mixing it up, and final serving dish with all ingredients for recipe inside.

How To Make Marinated Ham Asparagus Salad

This is a very easy side dish to put together.

  1. First, cook the asparagus in a pot with shallow water until crisp-tender.
  2. Whisk together the marinade ingredients according to the recipe instructions below.
  3. Add asparagus and ham to a bowl, cover with marinade. Let chill about 1-2 hours.
  4. Assemble the salad by draining the marinade and adding chopped green onion.
Close up of asparagus, chopped ham and green onion salad.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overcook the asparagus. You want it to be crisp-tender. If it’s crisp but can be poked with a fork, that’s perfect!
  • Use leftover cooked ham for this easy salad. It can be quickly chopped up and dumped in.
  • Eat as a light lunch: This also makes for a simple and easy lunch idea, if you’re not too hungry.
White scalloped bowl with bed of asparagus, chopped ham and green onion on top and a spoon.

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Marinated Ham Asparagus Salad

Marinated ham asparagus salad is an easy side dish made with fresh asparagus, chopped ham, and a sweet and tangy marinade.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add asparagus to a pot with a small amount of water. Bring to a boil then reduce and let simmer 2-4 minutes, until asparagus is crisp tender. Drain and set aside.
    Two photos: First with raw asparagus and water in a pot. Second with cooked asparagus in pot.
  • In a small bowl mix together the marinade using olive oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper.
    Marinade ingredients in a glass bowl.
  • Add cooked asparagus to a bowl along with ham. Pour marinade overtop. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
    Asparagus and ham in oval dish.
  • Once chilled, add green onions and toss together to evenly coat with marinade.
    Two photos: First with ingredients in a dish. Second with ingredients mixed together and two forks.
  • To Serve: Place the asparagus stalks in a row on a serving dish. Add ham and green onion on top. Spoon the marinade overtop of everything. Serve and enjoy!
    Two images: first with cooked asparagus on white plate. Second with chopped ham and onion sprinkled overtop.

Recipe Notes:

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days.
  • Don’t overcook the asparagus. You want it to be crisp-tender. If it is crisp when poked with a fork, that’s perfect!
  • Use leftover cooked ham for this easy salad. It’s can be quickly chopped up and dumped in.
  • Eat as a light lunch. This also makes for a simple and easy lunch idea, if you’re not too hungry.
Nutrition
Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 992mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1808IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 6mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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