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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