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
Spam summer salad with pine nuts and couscous

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.


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

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