This Old-Fashioned Bologna Salad is a classic favorite to put on a sandwich or on crackers! Made with simple and humble ingredients.
A DELICIOUS CLASSIC RECIPE
When it comes to salads, dips or spreads you really can’t go wrong with the classics. This Old-Fashioned Bologna Salad has been a recipe that my family has been making for decades. It is one of the most simple recipes that you can make and it’s so good! We like to serve it on white bread or with various crackers or in biscuits. People will feel so nostalgic when you make this to serve at lunch, brunch or just because. If you are in the mood for a recipe that will take you back to your childhood, then you need to make my Old-Fashioned Bologna Salad recipe.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
You can use the prepackaged bologna like Oscar Meyer. You can use thick or the thinner slices as long as it adds up to 1 1/2 pounds. We won’t be separating the slices individually so you could even pick up a chunk at your deli.
No. If you do not have a food processor that is ok. This can be chopped by hand (which will take a little longer) or you can blend in a blender a little at a time. However you break it down, you want to get it as finely minced as possible.
This is great served in various ways: with crackers (like Ritz Crackers), on rolls, as a sandwich or even wrapped in tortillas and made into pinwheels. Serve it in the same way you would serve ham salad.
No, this is an optional ingredient. You can use dill pickle relish as well or you can leave it out completely.
Nobody actually knows where bologna salad originated. It is hypothesized by several food experts that it is simply a copycat of an old favorite: ham salad. Perhaps a 1950’s housewife ran out of ham but she had bologna so she made due with what she had. We may never know but I’m glad someone thought of it!
This Bologna Salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it should keep for up to 4-5 days. I do not recommend freezing as the mayonnaise in the salad tends to separate when you go to defrost it.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- hard-boiled egg
- sweet pickle relish (optional)
- prepared mustard
- assorted crackers, soft rolls or bread
HOW TO MAKE OLD-FASHIONED BOLOGNA SALAD:
Put the bologna, egg, celery and onion into a blender or food processor (season with a bit of fresh black pepper)
Pulse (short, quick pulses) a few times times to mince. You can make this as chunky or as smooth as you prefer. Scrape down the sides of the food processor every 10 pulses to make sure it all gets combined evenly.
Combine relish, mayonnaise and mustard into a separate bowl.
Then stir in minced bologna mixture.
Cover and chill. I prefer to chill it for several hours. It definitely gets better as it chills for a while.
Serve on rolls, biscuits or as a spread for crackers!
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Old-Fashioned Bologna Salad (+Video)
- Put the 1 ½ pounds bologna, unseparated and cut into chunks, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped and 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion into a blender or food processor. Place lid on food processor and lock in place.
- Pulse (short, quick pulses) a few times times to mince. You can make this as chunky or as smooth as you prefer. Scrape down the sides of the food processor every 10 pulses to make sure it all gets combined evenly.
- Combine 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish, ¾ cup mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon yellow mustard into a separate medium sized bowl,
- Then stir in minced bologna mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper, to taste .
- Cover and chill. I prefer to chill it for several hours. It definitely gets better as it chills for a while.
- Serve on assorted crackers, soft rolls or bread.
- Nutritional value does not include crackers, rolls or bread it is for salad only.
- The relish is optional or you can use dill pickle relish.
- For an easy option, go up to your grocery store’s deli counter and ask for a 1 1/2 pound block of bologna.
“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.