Ploughman’s Lunch

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Ploughman’s Lunch

Jeff and I enjoyed Ploughman’s lunch on the front porch today while it rained. So romantic…

Ploughman’s lunch is a cold snack, or small meal much like high tea, the main difference being that ‘high tea‘ usually includes a hearty meat course. Both originated in the UK. Ploughman’s lunch is usually composed of:

~Cheese-Cheddar and Stilton are common (today I chose triple cream brie.)

~Pickle (or as Americans call it, relish)-much like chutney (today I chose extra virgin olive oil marinated sundried tomatoes and large Spanish olives.)

~Crusty bread, or bap, and butter. I usually serve Italian boule, or French baguette

~Green salad– I usually serve mine with fresh, thin slices of red onion, or pickled onions, and a sprinkle of Gorgonzola cheese, and my homemade Icebox Salad Dressing (recipe below.)

~Seasonal fresh fruit

~wine, hard cider, stout, coffee or tea


Leisa’s Buttermilk Icebox Salad Dressing

1 cup real mayonnaise

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

juice of one lemon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

1 teaspoon sugar

3 Tablespoons buttermilk

Place all in a canning jar. Shake well



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  8 comments for “Ploughman’s Lunch

  1. carry metkowski
    March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am


  2. Melissa
    March 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    So yummy! A great lunch for a little gathering 🙂

  3. December 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I love this! We eat stuff like this all of the time. In fact, I could eat it every day, really, every day. Your photo is most gorgeous. This is going on Pinterest!

    • Melissa
      December 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Hello Becky! Thanks so much! enjoy 🙂 xoxo

  4. December 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Man, this sounds like a perfect lunch! Please tell me you picked the wine as a beverage 🙂 hehehe.

    • Melissa
      December 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      of course! hee hee! xoxo

  5. June 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    My grandpa loved a ploughman’s lunch and taught me to love it too.

    My grandma used to bake little oval loaves of brown bread, and Scotch eggs too. Ploughman’s lunch at their house meant that she would slice the loaves part way through and set slices of Scotch egg between the slices. This was served with Branston pickle, sliced raw vegetables and a salad dressing not unlike yours, onions pickled in malt vinegar, crumbly cheddar and – for Grandpa – a shandy. (I got ginger beer.)

    It’s probably a good thing that Grandpa spent hours working in the garden and walked 18 holes of golf every day. He needed to burn off all those calories! Your version is far more healthful. 🙂

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