Good ham salad is largely a question of editing.
Why This Recipe Works
Some ham salad recipes we tested contained as much (if not more) mayonnaise as ham. For our recipe, in order to taste the sweet, smoky meat, we used just enough to add creaminess and hold the salad together. Black pepper was all the seasoning we needed; the ham was plenty salty on its own. For the best consistency, we pulsed the ham in the food processor—but not for too long.