Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich

 The cheese ploughman's sandwich is a British classic. This recipe is vegan and adds an ingredient often missed in this popular sandwich.

Vegan cheese ploughman's sandwich on a wooden board

CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICH

A cheese ploughman's sandwich is a traditional British sandwich, you will find in sandwich bars, cafes and pubs.

It's a staple in homes across the country too, although a vegan version is often overlooked.

It is a sandwich variety of a ploughman's lunch.


Cheese Ploughman's Lunch - with bread, cheese, pickles and salad


PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH

A ploughman's lunch is a classic pub lunch.

It sounds like a really old-fashioned meal from long, long ago, doesn't it?

You might have visions of rather handsome, tanned farmer, with sleeves rolled up and the muscles in his arm tensing as he guides a plough, hitched up to his horse across a rough field, in preparation for planting. Yes, take a minute to visualise that!

Oh OK, is that just me?

The term ploughman's lunch did actually appear in print way back in 1394* so that could be a fairly accurate description, but alas no, that hard-working farmer did not eat a lunch such as this. 

He did eat a variation of it though. A ploughman's lunch in  1394 would be cheese, bread and beer. Beer was commonly drunk as the water was often disease-ridden unless it came fresh from a stream or deep well.

The modern version of the ploughman's lunch, I'm sad to tell you, comes from a marketing promotion* dreamt up by the Brewer's Society and the Cheese Bureau in 1957 to promote their wares.

They included pickles and salad alongside bread, cheese and beer for their invited city toffs (city gents) to dine on.

It may have started as a marketing promotion, but it has been popular pub fayre ever since.


Close up of cheese ploughman's sandwich

VEGAN CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICH

The vegan cheese sandwich is easy to make but not one you see on offer anywhere.

It's super easy to make at home using vegan mayo, vegan coleslaw and cheddar instead of the normally included vegetarian cheese and coleslaw.

It's well worth making a vegan version. It's packed with flavours and textures and it won't let you down.


French baguette on a wooden board

WHICH TYPE OF BREAD SHOULD I USE TO MAKE A CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICH?

I used a French baguette baton for this sandwich. 

When you eat a ploughman's lunch in a pub it usually comes with a chunk of crusty bread, so a baguette works well.

If they serve you it with sliced bread, you've gone very down market!

However, a cheese ploughman's sandwich can be really delicious on good quality wholemeal or seeded bread. 

You could even make it on a soft bloomer's bread with its crispy crust.

Alternatively, you could serve it on a soft morning roll or a wholemeal roll (bap, bun, cob).


Small white bowl of coleslaw

VEGAN COLESLAW


Coleslaw wasn't in that original ploughman's lunch back in the 50s, but it has been added over the last few decades.

I like to add it to a ploughman's sandwich.  It really makes it something rather special. 

Of course, I added a bit too much and my husband struggled to eat it without getting messy. You can add less.

Vegan coleslaw is available in most supermarkets these days but of course you could make your own.


HOMEMADE VEGAN COLESLAW


Vegan coleslaw is super easy to make at home.

Shred cabbage, grate carrot and finely chop some onion. Mix them together and season with salt and pepper and then mix in vegan mayo (I like Hellman's) and you have a basic, but really tasty coleslaw.

Make a batch and add it to baked potatoes, salads, burgers and sandwiches.

You could also try my Vegan Coleslaw with Fresh Herbs, over on my other blog Tinned Tomatoes.


A small bowl of sandwich pickle

SANDWICH PICKLE


Pickle or chutney plays an important part in a cheese ploughman's lunch or sandwich.

The most popular pickle for a ploughman's lunch or sandwich is made by a brand called Branston. It's a sweet but spicy pickle that goes well with cheese and gives a tang to the sandwich filling.

You can, of course, use other pickles or chutneys.

The yellow pickle you could see in the photo above of a ploughman's lunch is called piccalilli. It's made with cauliflower, marrow and other vegetables with Indian spices and vinegar. 

The bright yellow colour comes from turmeric.

It's got quite a strong flavor, so not my first choice for this sandwich, although it would be good on a vegan sausage sandwich.


Red apples

THE MISSING INGREDIENT


Apples are usually included in a ploughman's lunch but you never find it in the sandwiches.

I think that is such a shame as it adds a bit of crunch and sweetness.

I recommend slicing an apple thinly and adding it to your sandwich. 

I know you will love it.

MORE VEGAN SANDWICHES TO TRY



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Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich - A British pub classic.


HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICHES


Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich - Step 1 - mayo, salad leaves, tomato and cheese

STEP 1


You can use bread, a baguette or a roll to make this sandwich.

First spread the bottom slice/half with vegan mayo.

Next add salad leaves and slices of ripe tomato, then slices of vegan cheese. We like Violife original slices.


Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich - Step 2 - slices of apple, coleslaw and pickle

STEP 2


Now one of the most important ingredients that is often left out, slices of apple. If you are making this ahead, you may want to soak them in a little lemon juice so they don't brown.

On top of the apple add the coleslaw. Maybe don't add as much as I did as it was a bit overfilled.

Lastly add the pickle to the top of the sandwich/other slice of bread.

Marvel at your delicious creation and then get stuck in.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich

Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich

The cheese ploughman's sandwich is a British classic. This recipe is vegan and adds an ingredient often missed in this popular sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette baton (roll, bap or two slices of bread)
  • 2-3 tsp vegan mayo
  • handful of salad leaves
  • 2-3 slices vegan cheese, sliced lengthways
  • 1 ripe tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 apple, sliced
  • 2 tbsp vegan coleslaw
  • 2 tbsp sandwich pickle (or chutney

Instructions

  1. Cut your baguette baton in half and spread the lower half with mayo.
  2. Top with salad leaves, slices of tomato, then slices of cheese.
  3. Next, add the apple slices.
  4. Top the apple with the coleslaw, then spread the top of the baton with pickle.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes:

If you are making ahead, you may want to toss the apple slices in lemon juice so they don't brown. This sandwich is quite large, you could cut it in half and serve for two with a side salad and a handful of crisps (chips). This sandwich is best made and served fresh, but can be made in the morning for lunchtime.

Calories

391.76

Fat (grams)

12.60

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.54

Carbs (grams)

44.61

Fiber (grams)

5.54

Net carbs

39.07

Sugar (grams)

24.75

Protein (grams)

7.73

Sodium (milligrams)

592.65

Cholesterol (grams)

2.19
Created using The Recipes Generator

REFERENCE:

* Ploughman's Lunch - Wikipedia

* History of the British noun 'Ploughman's Lunch'

12 comments

  1. What a delicious sandwich! I love the sliced apple and the coleslaw - makes it so special. And I don't mind a little mess. :)

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  2. Hahaha - I love your visual of the handsome, tanned farmer! And super interesting foodie history here - I'm two-thumbs-up that pickles and salad got added along the way ... and now apples, too! Such a satisfying and hearty ... yet healthy ... sandwich! Perfect for a handsome farmer (or anyone else too)! ;)

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    1. Haha, I'm glad you are on board with my handsome farmer with his rippling muscles. You can imagine him when you are eating this sandwich.

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  3. This is one of my favourite sandwiches, and brings back happy childhood memories too. I love the look of this vegan version.

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    1. Oh yes here too. It's always good, especially when it's homemade.

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  4. Even a meat lover would devour this sandwich. I would love this for dinner on a busy weekday when I don't feel like cooking.

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    1. Oh yes it's definitely perfect for a filling but quick dinner.

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  5. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry27 September 2020 at 15:16

    A ploughman's sandwich always goes down a treat in my house - a vegan one sounds amazing and just as delicious. Will certainly be giving this a try.

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    1. They are always popular. I think most people forget about them when they turn vegan but there is no need to miss out.

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  6. I buy vegan coleslaw for my baked spuds but never thought of adding it to a sandwich like this. Gonna try it this week.

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    1. Oh yes do try it on a vegan ploughmans. You will love it.

      It's good on a sandwich with apple too.

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