Ham and Cheese on a Rye Bread Salad

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by LifeIsGood

This is a fun twist of the sandwich classic, by Grace Parisi for Food and Wine Magazine. She makes this ham salad mixed with crunchy rye bread croutons and little bits of Gruyere cheese. Then she tosses it in a mustardy dressing with celery and chives. Grace likes to wrap the salad in Bibb lettuce leaves for an inside-out sandwich. You may choose to serve any way you'd like. Note: you can prepare the rye croutons in advance.

Top Review by Debbwl

Gruyere and smoked ham yum, toss with homemade rye croutons a good mustard and chives double yum, and wrapped in bib lettuce leaves you have a lunch to please young and old alike. I made this as written but next time might just scale back on the celery as a matter of my personal taste as DH thought the amount of celery was perfect. This is a great recipe thanks LG for posting it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the rye bread cubes with 2 Tablespoons of the canola oil. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring once, until the bread is lightly toasted. Let cool.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the mustard with the mayo and vinegar. Gradually whisk the remaining 3 Tablespoons of canola oil and season with pepper to taste. Add the chopped celery, ham, Gruyere, snipped chives and the rye bread croutons. Toss well and serve immediately.
  4. Note: the rye bread croutons can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

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