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Leftover Ham Recipes – 3 Ways To Use Leftover Ham

Three recipes to use leftover ham from any holiday dinner including a quesadilla for breakfast, ham salad for lunch and a BBQ Hawaiian pizza dinner recipe. 

When you think of holidays that produce massive amounts of leftovers, I’m guessing everyone’s mind immediately goes to Thanksgiving. Am I right?

Maybe it’s just my family, but Easter gives T-day a run for it’s money in the leftover department. Different meat, same level of fridge inundation.

The only issue is there aren’t a million sides leftover like there are on Thanksgiving to transform all that leftover ham in the days (weeks?) after and you’re stuck looking at 10 pounds of the stuff in your fridge thinking “ok, what the HELL am I going to do with all this?”

I got you.

Three recipes to use leftover ham from any holiday dinner including a quesadilla for breakfast, ham salad for lunch and a BBQ Hawaiian pizza dinner recipe. 

We’ll be eating week old ham for Easter this year because this delicious Jones Dairy Farm smoked ham was made last week so I could throw together some breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas for you guys using the ham leftovers.

Leftover Ham Recipes – 3 Ways

These leftover ham recipes may not use up 10 pounds of leftover meat, but they’ll get you well on your way…

Ham, egg and cheese breakfast quesadilla using leftover ham meat.

Leftover Ham Recipe #1 – Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

Breakfast is an easy meal to sneak some leftovers in but instead of the typical omelet or scramble, how about a cheesy quesadilla to get the day started?

Chopped up leftover ham is basically a thicker version of Canadian bacon, right? Seems fitting to use it in a breakfast quesadilla when you think about it that way!

Chopped ham and dijon dill salad is a great way to use up leftover ham.

Leftover Ham Recipe #2 – Chopped Ham & Dijon Dill Salad

Ok, google ham salad and then come back here. Ready…go. I’ll wait.

NASTY right? I don’t know what it is but when mayo meets a pinkish kind of meat, that’s just something I don’t want to touch with a 10 foot pole.

So, this ham salad is a bit different. Theres lots of fresh chopped veggies and a tangy dijon dill dressing that complements the saltiness of the leftover ham really well to make a healthy lunch salad.

I happily ate this with some toasted pita bread for lunch for a few days in a row without tiring of it.

Turn leftover ham into a BBQ Hawaiian pizza when you don't know what to do with all the leftover meat!

Leftover Ham Recipe #3 – BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

Gotta give it to the Hawaiians, they knew what they were doing with the whole pineapple and ham thing.

You gotta try this grilled Hawaiian chicken if you love the combination too, it’s the perfect summer grilled dinner!

This version of the classic pairs it with some smoky BBQ sauce for a double smoked result that’ll have you licking your fingers.

You can find the leftover ham recipes below and hopefully this gives you some new ideas on how to use up that ham roast from your next holiday meal!

If you’re looking for even more leftover ham recipes, also try these Mini Ham Cheese and Spinach Breakfast Pies or this Roasted Sweet Potato Apple Ham Sandwich!

All of these recipes can be made using any kind of leftover ham you have. It doesn’t have to be from an entire ham roast like this. Even leftovers from grilled ham steaks will work!

And if you need a great base recipe for making ham for the holiday, try this easy smoked ham with a delicious glaze.

3 Ways To Use Leftover Ham

Three recipes to use leftover ham from any holiday dinner including a quesadilla for breakfast, ham salad for lunch and a BBQ Hawaiian pizza dinner recipe. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 8-10 inch whole wheat tortilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • pepper

For the Chopped Ham and Dijon Dill Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped

For the salad dressing

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • black pepper

For the BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

  • 1 store bought whole wheat or multi-grain pizza dough or homemade if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple fresh or canned just drain well if using canned
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
  • 1-2 green onions chopped


For the Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

  • Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small bowl.
  • Heat a skillet to medium and grease with butter or cooking spray.
  • Once hot, add the eggs to the skillet and scramble. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
  • Add a bit more grease to the skillet and lay the tortilla flat in the pan.
  • Sprinkle most of the cheese over the entire surface of the tortilla, then transfer the scrambled eggs onto one side of the tortilla. Place the chopped ham and green onion on top of the eggs and season with some black pepper.
  • Top with the remaining cheese and fold the tortilla in half.
  • Press down with a spatula and cook until the cheese is melted and the bottom starts to brown.
  • Transfer to a cutting board, slice into thirds and serve.

For the Chopped Ham and Dijon Dill Salad

  • Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over salad.
  • Toss until fully coated and serve.

For the BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

  • Preheat oven and a pizza stone (if using) to 500 degrees.
  • Roll the dough out and spread the BBQ sauce evenly leaving a 1/2 inch border.
  • Spread the ham and pineapple on top of the sauce and top with the cheese.
  • Transfer dough to the pizza stone in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is starting to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove pizza from the oven and garnish with the green onions.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 703mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Main Dishes
Keyword 3 ways to use leftover ham, ways to use ham leftovers


Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Wednesday 12th of April 2017

I love ham :D and all these ways are so delicious and may be it's easy to make, right?


Monday 19th of September 2016

I tried to click on the recipe posts but ads kept coming up. Ugh!! So frustrating because these look great!

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