Ground Cherry Cous Cous Salad


Ground cherries in a quick midweek side. photo Abigail Weber


Ground cherries have a paper husk similar to that of the tomatillo. photo: Abigail Weber

Ground cherry, gooseberry, husk tomato. They are all varietals on the same wonderful theme. If you live in England, gooseberries are the varietal you’re likely familiar with, and there they are most often baked into sweet confections. Here in the United States, ground cherries can be found in farmers’ markets or CSAs. Their taste might be described as the delicate offspring of the tomato and the pineapple, part sweetly juicy and part tart and tangy. Here I put their unusual flavor to good use as the sweet high note in a pearl cous cous side dish. Sure I could have chosen to use tomatoes or raisins instead, but ground cherries just seemed like more fun. This side works nicely with a simple piece of grilled chicken or paired with a green salad for a light yet satisfying lunch.

Serves 2

1 cup cooked tricolor pearl cous cous (also known as Israeli cous cous)
1/2 cup ground cherries, larger ones halved, smaller kept whole
1/4 cup thinly sliced lemon cucumber (about 1/2 a small cucumber)
1 scallion, dark green parts only, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
A handful of fresh mint and flatleaf parsley, torn
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons crumbled feta

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  1. To assemble the salad: In a medium bowl, combine the cous cous, ground cherries, cucumber, scallion, pine nuts, mint, and parsley.
  2. In a screw-top jar, combine the lemon juice, oil, and cumin and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve topped with feta cheese.

Nutritional analysis based on 2 servings:
Calories 545, Fat 20g, Sodium 170mg, Carbohydrate 76g, Fiber 6g, Sugar 2g, Protein 16g

This entry was posted in salad, side and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Ground Cherry Cous Cous Salad

  1. Cecelia says:

    Nancy I cannot wait to try this
    Thanks for the steady stream of inspiration!


  2. Susan Buck says:

    Hi Nancy, my aunt has some ripe Cape Gooseberries in her garden, a rarity in most of Australia. I think I will try them out with your recipe. Cheers Sue x


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s