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.
- 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.