Kachumbari Recipe (Kenyan Tomato and Onion Salad)

Source : jayne-rain.com


  • 1 medium red onion
  • 300 g red cherry tomatoes (or 2 to 3 large tomatoes)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 handful fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small chili (optional)

for preparing the onion

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 200 ml water


  • Add 1 tsp of sea salt in a bowl with 200 ml of water, mix till dissolved and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, finely dice the onion. Place the onion in the bowl of salty water and massage for 30 seconds and then allow soak for about 5 minute. This process will help in the reduction of the pungent onion flavor.
  • Drain the onions thoroughly and transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Finely dice the tomatoes, the cilantro and avocado. Add them to the onions.
  • Using plastic gloves deseed the chili and chop finely.
  • Add the chili to the rest of the vegetables
  • Finish by adding the ½ tsp salt (or salt to taste), olive oil and the lime juice.
  • Mix well and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  • Serve kachumbari with pilau rice or any other dish of choice.