Awesome Ham Pasta Salad


I never seem to make enough of this salad. When people see the recipe, they look at me as if I am a little odd...but when they eat it they can't seem to stop! This recipe is great for kids and adults alike. The garlic is optional. Also, to lighten up the salad, substitute light mayonnaise, light sour cream, and turkey ham.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
6 servings


  • 8 ounces ziti pasta

  • 1 pound cooked ham, cubed

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped

  • 15 small sweet pickles, chopped, juice reserved

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 2 ½ teaspoons beef bouillon granules

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the drained pasta, ham, peppers, onion, pickles and tomatoes.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, beef bouillon granules, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup of reserved pickle juice. Fold into the salad and toss gently until evenly coated. Chill overnight to allow the flavors to blend. Serve near room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

697 Calories
48g Fat
45g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 697
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 1747mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 91mg 453%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 594mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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