Kachumbari – Fresh Tomato and Onion Salad


Kachumbari is a Swahili name for fresh Tomato and Onion Salad which is common in East Africa especially Kenya and Tanzania. It consists of fresh Ingredients and its very easy and quick to make.



3 – 4 Tomatoes
1 Medium red onion
Juice of one small lime
2 tsp Olive oil
Salt and ground pepper to taste
2 chilies (Optional)
Fresh garden coriander and a slice of avocado for garnishing

Slice onions into thin rings, put them into a bowl, add a small amount of salt and rinse them with cold water to reduce acidity
Add sliced tomatoes, chilies and coriander.
In a separate bowl, mix together lime juice, Olive oil and toss the mixture into the Kachumbari. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Garnish with avocado if any!  Enjoy…..

Kachumabri Salad 2


This is the Original version but shredded carrots might also be added.

38 thoughts on “Kachumbari – Fresh Tomato and Onion Salad

  1. Where on earth have you been!!!! This is AWESOME STUFF!!!! Finally the squatters in my stomach will be looking forward to meals. Have you published a book on these recipes?

    1. admin

      Hi Igetha Kamami, am very glad you finally landed here ;-)… Hope you try each Recipe out! The Blog is one year now..Yuhuu!! am working on the Cook Book and once its out, ill definitely let you know Via email.. keep your squatters happy and enjoy cooking! best regards…

  2. Fresh, simple and delicious! I still remember the taste of tangy, spicy Kachumbari. We have spent many leisurely afternoons in the lawns of restaurants enjoying Nyama choma and this tasty salad. I long for them looking at this!

    1. admin

      Thank you Lisa.
      Am sure you’ll love the book as well.. Just keep on Holding!
      Best regards.

  3. I love to cook but i want to better myself with the swahili dishes more. And even better i have learned to make kachumbari the right way (lol).

    This is good stuff and i love it.

    Thank you

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      Hello Gathoni,
      Most welcome. Glad you found your way here! Stay tuned for more.

  4. i love the simplicity in your explanation. some english words may be hard to interpret if hayo majina yako kwa kiswahili u may put in braket for added advantage for someone like me who would love to cook bt ingredients nazijua kwa kiswahili

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      Hello Elizaa,
      Thank you for the feedback! I’ll try that 😉
      Let me which words you are having difficult with translating, and i’ll definitely tell you how you call them in Kiswahili.
      Mapishi Mema, Best regards.

  5. Jumbo,
    Habari, Hi, I love to cook and my husband is from Kenya. I am trying to learn to cook some meals from his home. I want to learn the right of doing the meals. Can you help me? If you want to e-mail me that is fine and might be easier as I check it everyday.

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      Jambo Keisha,
      Please subscribe with your email address and every time I publish a new Recipe, you’ll have it on your mail.
      Happy Cooking.

  6. So good to see this site! I am making a bunch of friends food from Kenya this weekend and this has been good on touching up. Thanks!

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      Hi Eve,
      If you’ve subscribed with your email address then you’ll definitely get all the new updates in your inbox.
      Happy Cooking.

  7. Hi. Thanks you for making my cooking so easy. Your methods are well simplified and clear language.i will be trying most of them. I look forward to having your book.

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      Hello Grace,
      Thank you too for your feedback. Please subscribe your email address for notification when the book is out.
      Best regards and Happy Cooking.

  8. This is obviously not kachumbari. Like seriously? Real Kachumbari has the onions and tomatoes chopped into little cubes often garnished with Cilantro (dania) and chopped chilli. Whatever you’ve made looks nice but defo not kachumbari.

    1. admin

      This is the way I enjoy my kachumbari, if you dont like it either pass on to other recipes or create your own blog to share your style of making it!
      We are all looking forward to try your version out!

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