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Kachumbari | Kenyan Tomato and Onion Salad

If you are looking to make a very simple salad to go as a side to Biriyani or grilled meat or fish, then this Kachumbari | Kenyan Tomato and Onion Salad is the perfect recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: African, Kenya
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 31kcal


  • ½ cup Red Onion chopped
  • 3 Tomato chopped
  • 1 cup Cucumber chopped
  • 1 tsp Green chili finely chopped, optional
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice


  • Chop the onion and add about a teaspoon of salt. Rub it between your fingers and soak it in cold water for about 10 minutes or until you chop the rest of the vegetables for the salad. This step helps in cutting down the sharp onion flavor. It is optional, but really helps in cutting down the sharp onion flavor.
  • Chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro and green chili (if using) and place it in a bowl.
  • Drain the onions and wash it with running cold water. Add it to the rest of the ingredients and season with salt needed. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Serve right away with any main course or as a salad.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg