15 Best Side Dishes for Salmon
Keep the sides (and salmon) coming.
Salmon's omega-3 count and rich flavor make us want to dine on it week after week after week. You may be thinking, umm, that's a little much. And that's fair. But — this is important — switching up your side dishes will keep salmon as exciting as ever. And once you find your favorite salmon sides, well, you'll have even more of a reason to include this basically-perfect protein in your meal lineup. Here are 15 of our favorite side dishes for salmon.
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Broccolini's mild flavor (accented with garlic and lemon juice in this recipe) makes it the perfect side to pair with a show-stealing main, like Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating.
Sprinkled with Parmesan and rosemary, crispy new potatoes would complement Baked Dijon Salmon.
Fresh, lemon pepper-seasoned green beans would go well with Lemon Rosemary Salmon and other recipes with subtle citrus notes.
"Excellent! I didn't have quinoa but did have a brown rice, rye, quinoa mix. Served the kale, rice, avocado, and red peppers with the dressing over baked salmon," Fit RD says.
"Excellent. Perfect complement to grilled salmon with wasabi/soy sauce," Joel Lipin writes. Try this with Honey-Ginger Grilled Salmon.
Sriracha brings the heat to these Brussels sprouts. Try them with Simple Salmon with Balsamic Sauce.
With ingredients like chili-garlic sauce, white vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, and chopped peanuts, this salad could transform even the most basic salmon into a memorable meal. But forget basic — pair this salad with Chef John's flavor-packed, five-minute Fast Salmon with a Ginger Glaze.
"I served it with salmon, and it was a hit with my husband. It was easy to make and was a quick side dish to serve," Kathleen Doupnik says. Serve it with lemony Sheet Pan Salmon for an extra dose of veggies.
Dressed in a citrus-ginger vinaigrette, earthy-sweet beets and carrots would taste AND look wonderful next to Cedar Planked Salmon.
11. Easy Garlic Kale
12. Light Lemon Pesto Pasta
You don't have to stick with spaghetti (home cooks have tried it with farfalle and fettuccine), but you *do* have to serve this dish with salmon. Baked Salmon II, perhaps?
This crunchy raw salad would cut through rich entrees like Salmon with Garlic-Butter Sauce thanks to parsley, mint, and lemon juice.
"Our favorite way to make asparagus! Served it with grilled salmon — excellent," VWS writes.
15. Asian Coleslaw
Thanks to peanut butter — ahem, a savory secret ingredient — this slaw would be irresistible with Sweet Glazed Salmon.