Bright Balanced Spring Salad | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Mar. 22. 2022

Bright Balanced Spring Salad

Mar. 22. 2022
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This Bright Balanced Spring Salad is the dish you need for a boost of delicious flavor! Packed with all the vitamins and minerals, it’s a wonderful way to eat a balanced meal. 

How could you not love a delicious bowl that’s filled with flavor and nutrients? It’s so easy to toss together mid-work-week or prepare in advance for ease.

We’re all about prioritizing the combination of enjoyment and nourishment here at Nutrition Stripped. And this recipe is a beautiful example of just that! 

Using the Foundational Five to Create This Bright Balanced Spring Salad

In case you’re new to the NS Community and the Mindful Nutrition Method, the Foundational Five system is part of how we teach you to build balanced meals. It makes it easy for you to give your body the nourishment you need while having the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love without stressing about food.

The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition including Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, Starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor (which brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals). 

You can download our free guide that walks you through our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals that you can use to meal prep or cook fresh this week!

Kale Nutrition Benefits 

Extremely Nutrient Dense 

Kale is jam-packed with vitamins A, C, and K! Plus, it’s got some calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and even copper.

A Great Source of Antioxidants 

Kale is also packed with antioxidants. These guys are particularly important for fighting off those free radicals in order to ultimately help prevent and fight disease. 

Ingredients Needed To Make This Bright Balanced Spring Salad

How To Make This Bright Balanced Spring Salad

First, combine all of your ingredients (except for the dressing) in a large bowl. Toss until all ingredients are combined! Lastly, drizzle your Herb Tahini Dressing and splash olive oil over top. Combine one last time until the salad is evenly coated!

Tips For Making This Bright Balanced Spring Salad

There’s a tip you should keep in mind that will help you save time when assembling this salad.

Prep Your Ingredients In Advance

Looking to speed up the prep time a bit? You can chop up and prepare your vegetables in advance so you have a little less work on your hands when you decide to assemble your Bright Balanced Spring Salad. Save the seasoning until right before you’re going to eat! This will ensure you preserve the texture and turgor of the vegetables. 

FAQ About How To Make This Bright Balanced Spring Salad

What if I don’t like Tahini?

Don’t sweat it! Tahini isn’t for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine. Simply opt for your favorite Flavor Factor dressing instead, such as our Honey Mustard Dressing!

Foundational Five Balanced Meal Breakdown

Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Massaged kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Radicchio
  • Green beans
  • Radishes

Starchy and/0r Sugary Carbohydrate

  • Farro (optional add-on)


  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds


Flavor Factor

The Recipe




1 cup Massaged Kale

1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped

1/4 cup radicchio, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green beans

3 radishes, sliced

2-3 hardboiled eggs

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon pumpkin seed

2 tablespoons Herb Tahini Dressing

1 tablespoon of Bragg ACV to taste

Drizzle of Bragg Olive Oil


Step 1

Combine massaged kale, romaine lettuce, radicchio, green beans, radishes, hardboiled eggs, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds in a bowl.

Step 2

Toss with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Herb Tahini Dressing and it’s ready to be served.


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