Kale, Asparagus and Radish Salad

salad with kale, asparagus, radish
springy salad

Every spring when herbs and vegetables begin to arrive, it always feels somewhat miraculous. i like to have a salad for lunch (at least as a side) most days, and wanted to share my formula for building a great spring salad. Here’s a recipe for a spring salad that you’ll love!

This spring salad has kale, asparagus, radish, grana padano cheese, sunflower seeds and pickled onion, but you could make a spring salad with any formula using the below recipe.

salad with kale, asparagus, radish

Kale, Asparagus and Radish Salad

Mimi Newman
this springy salad represents a general formula i follow for building salads without a recipe. enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 431 kcal


  • 2-3 cups kale
  • 1/2 cup asparagus
  • 2 tbsp grana padano cheese
  • 1 tbsp toasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of dijon mustard
  • pinch salt


  • remove ribs of kale and tear/chop into bite size pieces
  • massage with a little bit of olive oil
  • season the kale with salt and pepper — as noted in “six seasons,” seasoning lettuce before you dress it helps you balance the flavor and not depend on dressing for flavor
  • add dressing and toss until lightly coated and the kale (or lettuce) tastes good enough to eat on its own.
  • add in some of the smaller ingredients that you want to be distributed evenly — cheese, seeds — and toss again
  • if you’re just serving yourself, plate it how you like with the bigger toppings — i like to style my salads with sections for each ingredient — if you’re serving it family style, toss before serving
  • finish with maldon salt if you like!


sometimes a salad benefits from 1 sweet topping – fresh or dried fruit is lovely, but here i was feeling the green vibes.
a pro tip, if you’re using avocado in your salad, is to plate the salad and then put the avo on it; if you toss the salad with avocado already in the mixture it can get gloopy and resemble guacamole more than a salad.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 13gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 858mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 13971IUVitamin C: 165mgCalcium: 335mgIron: 4mg
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