Summer Ham Pasta Salad

Summer Ham and Pasta Salad
It is just too hot.  I know, I know, “You live in Arizona, Kristen.  It’s supposed to be hot.  It’s not like you live in one of the regions of the U.S. that is unusually hot.  Stop whining!”  Still.  The heat is stifling my desire to cook or bake.  We have had ice cream for dessert every day for the last two weeks.  That’s how un-motivated I have been.
Luckily, we all like dinner salads and grilled meat.  Between those two, life has gone on and no one has complained.  After all, we could be eating cold cereal 24/7.  And ice cream.  I can just see it.  Then the weather would get cooler and my kids would complain that they had to eat real food again.  Life experience has taught me that the future fight would not be worth the time off now.
So, back to dinner salads.  This week, I pulled a bag of cubed ham and a bag of already cooked pasta out of the freezer and started thinking.  I grabbed a few ingredients out of the fridge and some more out of the cupboard and Voila!  A new and tasty salad.    Followed by ice cream.
Summer Ham Pasta Salad
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 6 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 cup onion dip (or sour cream, but we had some dip open that needed using)
  • 1+ cup mayonnaise (you may need more to moisten the salad, you decide)
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sliced red grapes
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 envelope dill dip mix (like this)
  • dash Tabasco sauce
  1. In a large bowl, place the ham, pasta, celery, grapes and cheese.
  2. In a small bowl combine the onion dip, mayonnaise, dill dip mix and Tabasco.
  3. Fold the mayonnaise mixture into the other ingredients.
  4. Serve cold.


20 thoughts on “Summer Ham Pasta Salad

  1. >Hey girl, just popping to get caught up on your blog. Don't you just love summer – so many salads so little time.

  2. >It has been so hot at the Jersey Shore, that salad recipes are perfect for dinner. Thanks for this one!

  3. >One of my least favorite parts of summer is the intense heat and the lack of baking motivation that ensues. I feel you there! This salad looks cool and refreshing. I love pasta salads during these warm months.

  4. >I have seen dill dip mix before but never knew what it was-thanks for the link! Great recipe too. I will remember this for our hot summer days in a few months time.

    Best wishes,

  5. >Well I had to laugh when I read about ice cream and cold cereal in your post. My AC was on the outs for three days this week and those are both what I was practically living on. HOT and HUMID here in Georgia.

    Now I wish I had these ingredients on hand before the failure, but I won't be caught again! Great recipe for these hot, hot days with a cold glass of sweet tea.

    Btw, I was reading back and saw your post for homemade tortillas. You're right, they are so quick and easy and my guests are always so impressed when I tell them I make my own. Reminds me of that commercial when the lady dusts herself with flour and then serves a store-bought cake.

  6. >What kind of ice cream is best to follow this?? 🙂

    I'm bookmarking this, it looks awesome!! Thanks!

  7. >What a great idea and perfect for the hot weather! I love you had these cooked and in the freezer I really need to start doing this!

  8. >I found you via BlogFrog, and my husband is now toatlly happy that I do "follows" HAHA — will be making this tomorrow, I think!

  9. >Haha only a true baker would complain about having ice cream for dessert 😛

    This salad looks so refreshing after this serious heat wave we've been in!

  10. >This sounds good with the dill dip and the added grapes. Chilled for a summer's day – sounds fantastic!

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