Garden Tomatoes & Ground Cherries: Easy & Tasty Appetizer

One of the easiest salads or appetizers to make in the summertime, using up the garden tomatoes as they ripen, is to just slice them up and serve on a plate! And then garnish with tasty, sweet ground cherries.

Yes, I love Caprese Salad (tomatoes, mozzarella and basil), but sometimes I just don’t have fresh mozzarella cheese in my fridge.

How to make this appetizer?
Slice tomatoes and lay on a platter.

Sprinkle with sea salt, white pepper, and we used California Cayenne Pepper.

Splash with a bit of Rice Vinegar.

Peel ground cherries, removing the outer paper-husk, and cut in half.

Slice thin strips of fresh basil to garnish and add a fresh summery taste.

And then serve!

I really want to make jam with our ground cherries, but we don’t have enough in our garden. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

What’s your favorite, easy summertime salad using tomatoes?

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  1. WOW, I never heard of ground cherries so thanks for the link for info. The dish LOOKS beautiful and am sure it is just as tasty.

  2. I have never heard of ground cherries either. mmmm. ya learn somethin new everyday. Cool!

  3. OH my… this is too funny. I JUST had Ground Cherry Pie for dessert today – at my Mother’s. It brought back so many memories – we were talking about it around the table. My grandfather (my Dad’s dad) would be on his hands and knees, out in the garden – picking up ground cherries.

    I didn’t like them too much, and so when I would have to help weed the garden, I’d pull them out like weeds, on purpose – because they were just everywhere. ;)

    They mostly would make a pie with them, sometimes with apple. Usually the pie would be made the same way a Rhubarb Pie would be made – with a custard like filling. It wasn’t a very thick pie.

    I would “enjoy” a slice with Vanilla Ice Cream or whenever the pie had apples included.

  4. Okay, so ha ha ha ha ha…..I was thinking cherries off a tree and you grind them up for “ground” cherries. Oh brother, I think this heat is getting to me hmmm.. I will have to read about these since I’ve never heard of them obviously.

  5. Those tomatoes look so good! I like to make a Caprese salad with tomatoes.

  6. I’ve never heard them called Ground Cherry’s before, when I first read it I thought you were going to grind them! We call them physalis or cape gooseberries!

  7. A perfect easy appetizer for almost any occasion! An inspired addition with the “ground cherries”. I’ve not heard them called that before.

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