The  Wimbledon Championships start today! Over the next 2 weeks we will be posting a little about the history of this tournament, but mainly recipes and ideas inspired by this icon of British summertime.

So, where did it start?

The private club (‘The all England Croquet Club’) was founded on July 23rd 1868 and is now known as the ‘All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’. The game was devised by Walter Clopton Wingfield in 1876 and officially introduced the next year. The only event played that year were the gentleman’s singles won by Spencer Gore. In 1884, gentlemen’s doubles as well as ladies singles were added.

When it comes to food, the organisers know how to take care of the attendees with numerous restaurants, stalls, kiosks and cafes serving anything from gourmet meals, burgers, salads, sandwiches and, of course, strawberries!

On average, 12 000 kilos of poached and smoked salmon, 32 000 portions of fish and chips, 190 000 cups of tea and coffee, 230 000 glasses of Pimm’s and a whopping 28 000 kilos of strawberries, amongst other food products, are consumed each year!
Courtesy of the official Wimbledon homepage

Today, we will start you of with a range of gourmet salads to make at home:

Salad Nicoise

Smashed cucumber and watermelon salad

Spicy Peach and Serrano