Kachumbari Salad

It's been tomato overload here in my garden. I've had more tomatoes than we can eat! I've given them away and tried new ways to add them to our meals. I made soup, vegetable gumbo, spaghetti, and more.

Today's recipe was suggested by a local Tanzanian. He was a recipient of a bag of my tomatoes and said they would become kachumbari. Kachumbari is a common salad here in the Tanzania and Kenya area. It's an east Afrikan twist on salsa. There are different variations. Some omit the cucumber. As with any recipe, I encourage you to make changes to fit your flavor desires.

You can use your kachumbari like you would a salsa or as a side salad. Put it on a cracker or piece of raw bread. Use it to fill a half of an avocado.

People here will eat it with their ugali, a stiff corn porridge that is eaten with the hands. Ugali is a staple of the local diet. It doesn't have a lot of flavor by itself and is served with some type of sauce, or beans, or other more flavorful side. You pick up the ugali, and use it to scoop up the kacumbari or other sauce.

Enjoy! And let me know how you decide to eat your kacumbari.

Kachumbari Salad
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This salad can be used as you would salsa or as a side dish it by it self.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Raw Food
Serves: 4 Servings
  • 1 small or ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 roma or plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 small or ½ large cucumber cubed
  • 1 hot pepper chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro/coriander, chopped
  1. Place the onions in a small bowl and massage the salt into them.
  2. Cover the salted onions with water and let stand for 10 min. This will help lesson the strength of the onions.
  3. Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, hot pepper and garlic in a medium bowl.
  4. Drain the onions and add them to the vegetables and mix.
  5. Add the lemon juice and cilantro.
  6. Mix well and taste the salad.
  7. Adjust the seasoning if needed.


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Lifestyle Coach, CEO at Opare Institute
Supporting you by bringing you flavorful and satisfying vegan and raw vegan recipes, inspiration and online training and one-on-one coaching to help LOVE YOUR VEGAN LIFE! I am an educator and revolutionary who has teamed up with my physician/dietitian husband, Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, MPH, CA, to address the growing health problems in the Afrikan/Black community by building a Nation of Black Vegetarians and Vegans.

2 Comments on “Kachumbari Salad

Joe Thomas
10/13/2017 at 10:03 am

Thank you for the work you and Nana are doing! I am following your example and have started Black Vegans of Toronto to do the same here in Canada. I would appreciate any advice and support you could provide.

Ama Opare
10/14/2017 at 3:22 pm

Wonderful! Good luck!


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