Chopped Tomato and Onion Salad (Kachumbari)

This African “salsa” is served as a complement to grilled meats throughout Tanzania and its neighbors in Kenya, Uganda, and Zanzibar. The same area is also home to some of the world’s largest wildlife reserves. The largest of them all is the Serengeti, renown for its large lion population, 70+ large animals like giraffes, gazelles, zebras, buffaloes, as well as 500 bird species. It is also home to the second largest migration of mammals on earth, bats. I think this that is pretty cool.

People of the Serengeti eat large amounts of grilled meat and a crispy kachumbari is a wonderful way to add some healthy eating to their meats.

Kachumbari Tanzanian tomato and onion salad with avocado

Kachumbari – Tanzanian Tomato and Onion Salad

This cool crunchy salad is easy to make. It goes well before a meal or as an accompaniment to grilled or roasted meats and seafood. Try it with rice as well for a nice vegetarian combination.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: African, East Africa, Kenya
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Medium bowl
  • Colander


  • 1 medium Red onion, diced
  • 3 large Tomato, finely diced
  • 1 large Ripe avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup Fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lime juice (1 lime)
  • 2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium Jalapeno chili, minced


  • In a bowl, dissolve 1 tsp salt in 1 cup water. Add diced onion to bowl, massage for 30 seconds and let sit for 5 minutes before draining and returning to bowl.
    Add the tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, and avocado to the onions in the bowl. Add oi and juice from ½ lime. Mix it well, adjust for more salt if necessary, and serve.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1278IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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