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What should I have for Lunch? An easy, delicious and healthy Ploughmans!

Updated on June 29, 2012

What Can I have for Lunch...

... I asked myself today. There is lots in but I'm a little the worse for wear after last night (we had friends round for dinner), the place is a complete mess and I'm not cooking anything!

A sandwich seemed stodgy for me at the time, and a lot of effort and after last nights debauchery I felt like I wanted something that was light and good for me.

I looked at the table and I came up with a brilliant idea! Some of the leftovers looked a bit funny but the cheese board beckoned!

I quickly rinsed a plate then took out a block of good quality Cheddar and chopped a few thin wedges. There was left over Parma Ham in the fridge and a few cherry tomato's in the salad bowl so I sliced the fresh tomato's, and scooped a generous portion of pickle. The oat crackers were still crisp so I took and handful and before I knew it, there was a simple lunch! All good ingredients, natural, light and healthy.

It was delicious and refreshing! I love a good ploughman's lunch and though this wasn't a traditional ploughman's it certainly didn't suffer for it.

Here are some ideas for your lunch, optional ingredients are marked so:

Making and/or growing your own would make it even more special!

My lunch today
My lunch today | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Put it on a chopping board and do for a crowd!


  • Cheese -, Cheddar, Shropshire, Danish Blue, Goats Cheese... anything really as long as it is good quality!
  • Crackers -, Oatmeal are simply delicious and provide a savoury quality to the sweetness of other ingredients
  • Good Pickle or Chutney!, (even try sliced, pickled Beetroot)
  • Sliced Meat (optional) -, Ham, Beef, Chicken...
  • Tomato's (optional) -, Sliced or Cherry
  • Radish (optional) -, Thin cut
  • Apple Slices (optional) -, Traditional in a proper ploughmans
  • Hard boiled egg (optional)
  • Carrot stick (optional)
  • Salad leaves (optional) -, Cress is good!
  • Celery sticks (optional)
  • Bread and Butter (optional)
  • Pate (optional) -, Instead or as well as your pickle!
  • Onion (optional) -, Spring, white, red, pickled...
Ploughman's with a hearty clay tankard of English Cider!
Ploughman's with a hearty clay tankard of English Cider! | Source
  1. Stack all of the ingredients together on the same plate, grab a knife and use your hands! I like to put a slice of cheese and pickle on every cracker then add one, two or more of the other ingredients as I go!
  2. Optional is a glass of Cider (traditional) or a good glass of Real Ale to wash it down with!

Mix and Match Ploughmans...

Mix and match the above ingredients and enjoy. When you use good quality and local produce it is especially good to tuck into something like this. You can grate your cheese and melt it onto pizza or pasta or anything else but to enjoy a good quality product as it was made with some local chutney and a lean, well cured meat is like nothing else...


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    • Movie Master profile image

      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      My kind of food - nice and easy to prepare and healthy!

      voted up and useful

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      Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      Yup, the old plowman's lunch! When we plowed last spring, we ate like this right out under a tree. And drank small beer - but we're a little weird! Love this hub, voted up etc.

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool


    • John Holden profile image

      John Holden 5 years ago

      Like the couple who went into a village pub and ordered the ploughman's lunch

      They were taken aback when the landlord brought them two plates of fish and chips. "But we ordered two ploughman's" "aye" said the landlord "that's what our ploughman has for his lunch".

    • Matthew Kirk profile image

      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      I think everbody have different ideas about what a ploughmans is - I've learned that it is very regional too.

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      John Holden 5 years ago

      A ploughman's is bread, cheese and an onion. Anything else is a cheese salad!

      Signed The "Pedant"

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great hub! My kind of food.... I love taking these on a picnic, no hassle meal, and everyone can take what they want. Sometimes, on a hectic day, we come home and throw all cold food on the table and make a dinner out of it. And a French bread goes quite well with this type of meal.

      Voting up, and useful.... :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I love your version (or versions - since you gave us lots of options) of a Ploughman's lunch. Great quick and healthy and interesting ideas for lunch or even a light supper. SHARING

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      Thanks Felina, simple is best when doing anything I reckon :)

    • Felina Margetty profile image

      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Nicely done hub and your point well taken. It really is easy to eat healthy. Cheers F.