Spam salad with pine nuts and couscous

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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 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients  

  • 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)

Instructions 

  • 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.
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