Spam salad with pine nuts and couscous

Spam salad with pine nuts
To celebrate the 75th birthday of Spam we are posting this Spam salad recipe with Spam, pine nuts, with couscous, onions and salad.
Spam® is available in over 50 countries and is made from Shoulder pork and ham —which is where its name comes from.
The popular term for bulk email — spam — is coined from Spam® and stems from a 1970 Monty Python sketch where everything on the menu contained spam — leading them to break into a song which repeats the word “Spam”.
In the early days of the modern Internet, some users would post the lyrics to the Spam song in forum messages — in time this was adopted as common parlance for unsolicited messages.
Nonetheless it's a cult food, popular all over the world, and this recipe makes good use of it.
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 250 g couscous
  • 200 g tin spam® lite (small cubes)
  • 100 g mixed salad leaves
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/4 cucumber (semi peeled and diced)
  • 50 g garden peas
  • 25 g pine nuts (toasted)
  • 25 g butter
  • 2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 chicken stock cube
  • olive or basil oil (for drizzling)
  • salt and pepper (for seasoning)


  • Dissolve a chicken stock cube in 300ml/10 fl. oz of boiling water.
  • Place the couscous into a bowl and gently pour over the chicken stock, stir well, cover and leave to stand until fully absorbed.
  • Separate the grains with a fork, and mix the butter through until melted and leave to one side.
  • Peel and finely dice half of the red onion, and finely slice the other half.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the couscous, peas, pine nuts, tomatoes, cucumber, and the finely diced red onion with some finely chopped parsley.
  • Add the cubed SPAM® Lite, season and drizzle with oil, and stir again.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, and then garnish with the finely sliced red onions and the salad leaves.
  • Serve.
More than seven billion cans of SPAM® Products have been opened since its launch back in 1937.