Spam summer salad with pine nuts and couscous
- Serves: 2
- Total time: 15 minutes
- 250g/10 oz couscous
- 200g/10 oz tin SPAM® Lite, small cubes
- 100g/10 oz mixed salad leaves
- 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 red onion
- ¼ cucumber, semi peeled and diced
- 50g/2oz garden peas
- 25g/1oz pine nuts, toasted
- 25g/1oz butter
- 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
- ½ chicken stock cube
- Olive or basil oil for drizzling
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
To celebrate the 75th birthday of Spam we are posting this recipe for Spam® Lite and 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.
- 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.