20 Best Side Dishes for Salmon
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 20 of our favorite side dishes for salmon.
Roasted Parmesan Rosemary Potatoes
Buttery Garlic Green Beans
Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Easy Bok Choy
Sriracha Honey Brussels Sprouts
Lime Cilantro Rice
Asian Cucumber and Peanut Salad
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.
Citrus-Ginger Roasted Beets and Carrots
Easy Garlic Kale
Light Lemon Pesto Pasta
Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
This creamy, Italian-style risotto is worth the wait. It's an excellent complement to salmon's mild flavor. Recipe creator Myleen Sagrado Sjodin suggests testing the rice to make sure it's al dente: "or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center."
Mediterranean Farro Salad
Farro is a favorite ancient grain around here — it's high in fiber and protein, and has a mild, nutty flavor that plays well with others. Here it's tossed in a Greek vinaigrette along with peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and feta.
Sarah's Rice Pilaf
In this take on classic rice pilaf, orzo pasta, onion, garlic, rice, and chicken broth are combined until light and fluffy. Don't be fooled by the simple ingredient list, reviewers say this pilaf does not disappoint: "This dish was incredibly good...something that I would definitely make again!" raves reviewer larkspur.
Adrienne's Cucumber Salad
Instant Pot Linguine with Pesto and Peas
Similar to pasta primavera, this creamy pasta side dish makes for a hearty meal when paired with salmon. The addition of prepared pesto sauce brings herbaceous flavor.
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