Cherry Ham Salad

Cherry Ham Salad

Pecans and ham get lightly caramelized in maple syrup and then combined with juicy cherries in this Cherry Ham Salad. So delicious!

Cherry Ham Salad
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Hello everyone – I hope you’re doing well. In my previous post, I talked about a “Little Friday” expression. Whatever you call Wednesdays and Thursdays, we can all agree that you can feel Friday already, right? Also, I don’t want to brag, but it’s my additional day off tomorrow. I hope you are jealous :) But you shouldn’t indeed – look at this delightful salad I am sharing with you!

As a mentioned yesterday, I really want to squeeze a couple of tasty summer recipes with seasonal fruit before I continue with lavender. By the way, I checked the grocery store yesterday, and I must report the cherry season is over here in Nova Scotia. You can still get some, but the price is ridiculous. No worries though. I won’t need to file for a bankruptcy as I made this salad sometime back in July.

Chery Salad Ideas

Who doesn’t like a good cherry salad? I have many ideas on the blog!

Cherry Almond Coconut Salad

Cherry Prosciutto Scallop

Pearl Couscous Cherry Salad

Cherry Chicken Prosciutto Salad.

Cherry Chicken Smoked Cheese Salad

Hmm, that’s it. I thought I have way more, a dozen or so. Ok, 7 cherry salads that’s almost a lot.

Cherry Ham Salad

Anyway, this Cherry Ham Salad is absolutely delicious and a breeze to make. You know what’s special in this salad? It’s served warm! I know what you think – Ben, are you seriously offering a warm salad for this horribly hot summer? Yes I am indeed. Well, you can always enjoy it on a fresher rainy day. Besides, you can always cool the warm ingredients down; that’s just I think ham works better lightly warm here.

As you can imagine, this is a perfect example of sweet and savoury salad combinations. If you want to add more salty notes, please add some cheese, like shaved parmesan. It will be so good here, for a balance. Ether way, this will be delicious.

I hope you like this Cherry Ham Salad, and you will give it a try while the cherry season lasts. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Cherry Ham Salad
Cherry Ham Salad

Cherry Ham Salad

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Uncategorized


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Pecans and ham get lightly caramelized in maple syrup and then combined with juicy cherries in this Cherry Ham Salad. Serves 2 as a main course, 4-6 as a side dish or appetizer.


  • 100-150 gr. cooked lean ham, cubed

  • about 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped

  • 1/4 tsp. olive oil

  • 1-2 tbsp. maple syrup

  • a pinch of dried herbs (Like Italian seasoning), optional

  • a good pinch of salt and black pepper, each

  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach or other leafy greens

  • optional additions: shaved / grated cheese such as Parmesan


  • Add the olive oil to a pan along with the cubed ham and cook over high-medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the pecans, toast 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the maple syrup. Lower the heat (low-medium). Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs (if using). Cook for another 2 minutes or so, until nice and glossy. Off heat. You can serve it right away or let it cool a little. (Just don’t allow to completely cool as it works better when still slightly warm.)
  • Combine the spinach with cherries. Stir in the ham-pecan mixture. Enjoy!

20 thoughts on “Cherry Ham Salad

  1. Marissa says:

    I love your sweet and savory salad creations, Ben! We’ve been loving sweet cherries lately and this is such a fun new way to enjoy them!

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    I love making ham on the smoker and brushing it with a maple glaze, so I’m sure I would love the ham in this salad, too. And adding in the cherries is such a nice twist – cherry and ham go so well together! The Salad King strikes again… :-)
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  3. Neil says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever made a cherry and ham salad combination Ben, but I love the thought and sound of it! I’ll need to check the price of those cherries too here though, ha ha! Hope you guys are well!
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  4. Liz says:

    What a fabulous combination of salad ingredients. Thankfully, I have a big bag of cherries in the fridge, and making a salad with them is a delicious idea!

  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    I feel like everyday should be Friday, but today also actually happens to be Friday, so yes I can feel it. ;) I hope you are having a wonderful day off! Now, on to this salad – BEAUTIFUL! I haven’t looked at the price of cherries, but I’m certainly hoping I don’t go broke trying to buy some! This salad looks absolutely delicious, Ben – though I must admit, I’m not a fan of ham (it’s a texture thing), so I’ll be swapping that out for prosciutto – YUM! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
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  6. Shashi says:

    LOL – Im glad you didn’t have to file for bankruptcy getting your hands on some cherries, Ben! And wow- crazy how the price of cherries changes according to supply. But… back to this salad- fir one, I simply love your photos! So whimsical and colorful! AND, this sounds so tasty – so many textures and flavors- which makes it my kinda salad!
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