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Ham Salad Pinwheels

Love Ham Salad? Love Pinwheels? How about mashing the two together in these Ham Salad Pinwheels for the perfect appetizer or snack!

THE PERFECT PARTY APPETIZER

I absolutely love Ham Salad! I love, love, love it. I had some leftover ham salad the other day and I thought that it would be super fun to make it into a snack if I wrapped it up into a tortilla. That is when these Ham Salad Pinwheels were born. I tweaked the ham salad recipe a bit to be a little thicker to work better in a tortilla. These turned out absolutely wonderful and everyone really enjoyed them. The wonderful thing about this recipe is it can be made for absolutely any occasion or no occasion at all! Give this Ham Salad Pinwheel recipe a try – I know you won’t regret it!

Ham Salad Pinwheels stacked with bite taken out of top pinwheel.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What size tortillas should I use?

I use the burrito-sized tortillas for this recipe. You can use smaller ones but obviously that means you will get smaller pinwheels.

Do I have to use sweet pickle relish?

No, you can use regular dill relish for this recipe if you’d like. Or if you are not a fan of relish at all you can easily omit.

What is the best ham to use?

I use the block cooked ham. It’s easier to chop into chunks and I like the way it blends up in the food processor. It comes out the perfect texture. I would not recommend using sliced deli meat for this recipe.

Can I use bologna instead of ham?

Absolutely yes! I love Bologna salad and I think it would work just as wonderful with this recipe!

How long do these have to chill?

They really should chill for at least 4 hours (if not overnight). This gives the best texture when holding together when cut and also it let’s the flavors marry! But if you just cannot wait, then you can eat them right away.

How do I store leftovers?

You can place these Ham Salad Pinwheels in an airtight container and they should keep good for up to 3 days before they will get soggy.

close up photo of Stacked Ham Salad Pinwheels on plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • cooked ham
  • hard boiled egg
  • celery
  • onion
  • cream cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • sweet pickle relish
  • black pepper
  • tortillas
Ingredients needed: cooked ham, hard-boiled egg, celery, red onion, cream cheese, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, black pepper and tortillas.

HOW TO MAKE HAM SALAD PINWHEELS:

Place the ham, egg, celery, red onion, cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, and pepper into a food processor. 

Pinwheel ingredients in food processor. Overhead photo.

Pulse a few times to break up the ingredients and then scrape down the sides. Continue to pulse until everything is combined and well chopped up, you can leave this a little on the chunky or smooth side depending on your preference.

Blended up pinwheel ingredients in food processor. Overhead photo.

Place a tortilla on a clean work surface. Spread 1/4th of the ham salad mixture over the tortilla leaving a ½ inch border around the outside of the tortilla. 

Ham salad spread onto tortilla.

Take the bottom of the tortilla and begin to roll it over itself to form a log. Try to roll it tightly but not so tight that the tortilla breaks.

Tortilla rolled up with a bowl of ham salad on the side.

Take a large piece of plastic wrap and roll the log into the piece of plastic wrap tightly and tuck the ends under. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.

four tortillas rolled up and wrapped in plastic wrap.

Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight is best. Discard the plastic wrap and cut them into about ½ inch slices.

Tortillas shown being sliced into pinwheels.

Serve immediately.

Overhead of finished and stacked pinwheels on plate.

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Ham Salad Pinwheels

Love Ham Salad? Love Pinwheels? How about mashing the two together in these Ham Salad Pinwheels for the perfect appetizer!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 36

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cooked ham, roughly chopped
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup thinly sliced celery
  • ¼ cup diced red onion (use more or less to taste)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 burrito sized tortillas

Instructions

  • Place 8 ounces cooked ham, roughly chopped, 1 hard-boiled egg, roughly chopped, 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery, 1/4 cup diced red onion, 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened to room temperature, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard, 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper into a food processor.
  • Pulse a few times to break up the ingredients and then scrape down the sides. Continue to pulse until everything is combined and chopped up well, you can leave this a little on the chunky or smoother depending on your preference.
  • Place one of the 4 burrito sized tortillas on a clean work surface. Spread 1/4th of the ham salad mixture over the tortilla leaving a ½ inch border around the outside of the tortilla.
  • Take the bottom of the tortilla and begin to roll it over itself to form a log. Try to roll it tightly but not so tight that the tortilla breaks.
  • Take a large piece of plastic wrap and roll the log into the piece of plastic wrap tightly and tuck the ends under. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas and filling.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight is best. Discard the plastic wrap and cut them into about ½ inch slices. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use burrito sized tortillas for this. It creates the perfect size pinwheel.
  • If you are not a fan of sweet relish you can use dill relish or omit all together.
  • You can make these ahead of when you need them. They are best if they chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • You can easily double this recipe to serve more people.
  • You can place these Ham Salad Pinwheels in an airtight container and they should keep good for up to 3 days before they will get soggy. I don’t recommend freezing them.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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    1. Hi Sherry! If you need this for your specific dietary needs, I recommend that you use your own trusted nutritional calculator. I do specify there are 36 servings which means it makes 36 pinwheels. This nutritional calculator on my site is not exact and only does general estimated amounts and doesn’t allow me to set specific parameters. So I assuming it is calculating one pinwheel in the calculator. However, I always suggest you use your own trusted nutritional calculator if you need it for your health or diet purposes.

  1. This looks so good. I will definitely try it. I love the nutrition facts listed with the recipes as I have to watch what I eat as I’ve gotten older. I know I’m not alone. Changes in diet etc. Low salt, and watch my diet for fat content. Feel like a rabbit! Ha!