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  • Author: Chef Lesiamon


Kachumbari is a fresh tomato and onion salad enjoyed in across East Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. This version by Kenyan Chef Lesiamon Ole Sempele is the perfect accompaniment for savory dishes, including his chicken pilau.



4 medium-sized tomatoes (deseeded, diced or sliced)

1 small red onion (diced or sliced)

1 bunch fresh coriander (chopped)

1 small green chili (thinly sliced)

2 spring onions (green parts only, finely chopped)

1 large lemon (juiced)

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add onions to a large mixing bowl, add the fresh lemon juice, and toss. This step can help tame the bitter taste of the raw onion.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and gently toss with 2 forks.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then dress your salad with a splash of olive oil.
  4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving for the flavors to marry.