Madras Salad Recipe

Remember madras, that cheery and colorful plaid fabric? It was named for a city in India, and so is this colorful, nutritious salad filled with tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, and radishes.

An exotic and unusual way to use up your farm-stand produce: fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and green chilis give it some real zip! And itís so pretty, too.


2 large tomatoes
1 large cucumber
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon green chilis, finely minced
black pepper to taste

1. Chop the tomato into 1/2-inch chunks. Peel and seed the cucumber and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, radishes and cilantro in a bowl.

2. Mix lemon juice, salt, and chilis and pour this dressing over the vegetables. Toss to combine thoroughly, then add black pepper to taste.

3. Chill for about 30 minutes, then toss again and serve.

Serves 4 to 6.

Inspired by The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two by Anna Thomas (Alfred A. Knopf, 1978).

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Prochi T.
Prochi T.4 years ago

WoW. my mouth is watering.In India we call this salad by the name of Kachumber, also. it is delicious with spicy daal(lentils), with or without meat/chicken and white rice.
do try n enjoy.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie!

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C.5 years ago


Susanne Tyler
Susanne OFFLINE5 years ago

OHM; THIS SOUNDS SO YUMMY, that i´ll get some ingredients that i haven´t got in the house & then i can make the Madras Salad, being a friend of the indian cuisine,i´m sure i´m going to enjoy this very much, thanks ANNIE!!