Kachoombar salad (Indian chopped mixed salad)

Contributed by Linda Shiue, MD

Kachoombar salad (Indian chopped mixed salad)

The first Thrive Kitchen hands-on cooking class debuted on January 17. It was a good start with an enthusiastic and curious group of students learning to cook various soups and salads of the world. I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious kachoombar salad, or an Indian chopped mixed salad, that we made in class, which I adapted from one by Chef Suvir Saran.

This is a savory, slightly spicy, cumin-scented salad that includes both fruits and vegetables. It’s an example of how I try to broaden my students’ ideas about cooking and introduce less familiar recipes and flavor combinations. Try it for yourself and let me know in the comments how you like it.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in attending one of my classes, contact SFHealthEd@kp.org -- spaces fill up fast! Visit the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Health Education website for more information.

Here’s a sneak peek of the classes I have lined up for the rest of the year (subject to change):

  • Jan 9 Soups and Salads of the World
  • Feb 13 Healthy African Heritage Cooking
  • Mar 13 Eat Your Greens! - Class Full
  • Apr 10 Spring Vegetables - Class Full
  • May 8 Healthy Asian Cooking
  • Jun 12 Mediterranean Picnic
  • Jul 10 Spanish Summer: Gazpacho and Tapas
  • Aug 14 Back to School Lunch and Easy Weeknight Cooking
  • Sept 11 ¡Taco Bar! Healthy Mexican Food
  • Oct 9 Everything Pumpkin
  • Nov 13 Creative Thanksgiving Sides
  • Dec 11 Holiday Appetizer Party

Servings: 8

Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 2 large tomatoes, diced into 1/2” cubes
  • 2 Granny smith apples, 1/2” dice
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. 
  2. Adjust salt, lime juice, or cayenne as needed.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 145
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Fat: 4.5 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg