A hearty pub meal of summer salad with traditional cheeses, cold cooked meats and fresh bread. It is usually accompanied by pickled onions, chutney and an apple.
Although seasonal salads with meats have been eaten in the UK for many centuries. The term "ploughman's lunch" actually only dates back to the 50s/60s, when local marketing bodies began advocating it as a method of increasing the sale of English cheese.
Ingredients for Ploughman's Lunch
There are no set ingredients for a ploughman's and the contents can vary widely depending on what part of the UK you are in and what is available in season. Typical ingredients are as follows:
Other ingredients may include: spring onions, shredded carrots, celery, sliced red pepper, crisps, boiled eggs, pork pie, and pate.
How to Make Ploughman's Lunch
Serve immediately as soon as ingredients are on the plate. Traditionally eaten with a local beer or cider to wash it all down.