Side Dishes

26 Best Side Dishes For Salmon

Mouth-watering pairings for this wonderfully versatile fish.

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated June 20, 2022

If you’re unsure about what to serve with salmon, get inspiration from this list of our favorite side dishes.

Salmon is a versatile oily fish that you can grill, poach or bake and get juicy tender fish every time. It’s light enough to eat for lunch in salads, and filling enough to serve for dinner.

Baked Salmon

The health benefits of salmon alone are enough reason to include this fish in your regular rotation (1).

There are so many side dishes you can serve with salmon, from veggies to pastas. You can keep it light and fresh, or choose a hearty side for a more filling meal.

01. Green Beans and Smashed Potatoes

Simple and quick, these green beans and potatoes go well with pretty much anything—including salmon.

Fresh green beans are boiled with potatoes and onions in one pot for ease. This also makes them healthier, since there’s no oil for frying.

Leave the skins on the mashed potatoes for more flavor, and then just add butter and salt and voila.

If you like your potato skins crispy, try baking the smashed potatoes for 15-20 minutes.

02. Avocado Salsa

For something more interesting than your typical guacamole, try this chunky avocado salsa side.

Choose ripe avocados to ensure you get that irresistible creamy texture. Pops of freshness from the tomatoes and limes contrast perfectly with oily salmon.

You can serve this salsa on top of the salmon, or on the side with tortilla chips to dip.

03. Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Cool down a spicy salmon dish with this delightfully tangy cilantro lime rice. It pairs nicely with either Mexican or Thai inspired meals.

Brown rice has a wonderful nutty essence that makes it a better choice over plain white rice. Lots of chopped cilantro add a distinct citrus flavor to this dish, which is elevated by the lime juice.

Serve with seared salmon for a fast and healthy weeknight dinner.

04. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

As a creative alternative to roasted sweet potatoes, go for mashed sweet potato.

Light and fluffy and ever so slightly sweet, you can flavor these potatoes almost any way you like. Butter is a must, but you can also add sour cream to make them even creamier.

Some sautéed garlic will add a savory element and a deeper, richer flavor.

Sweet potatoes cook faster than white potatoes, so make sure you don’t over boil them.

05. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrot

Sharp parmesan cheese and sweet roasted carrots come together for a match made in culinary heaven.

For this side there’s no dicing required, just add the whole carrots to a tray and roast in the oven. Savory flavors of garlic and butter will have even the pickiest eaters asking for seconds.

Serve with chopped parsley sprinkled overtop, to make this dish look good and taste even better.

06. Crispy Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic

These are not the brussel sprouts from your childhood. Brussel sprouts used to have a bad rap, but recipes like this one will have you coming back for more.

Roasting these brussel sprouts lets them absorb the garlic and get nice and crispy. For the balsamic glaze, choose a good quality balsamic vinegar for the best flavor.

You can use frozen brussel sprouts, but the fresh ones tend to crisp up better in the oven.

07. Tomato Salad

What goes better with a grilled piece of salmon than a fresh summery tomato salad?

This salad combines sweet cherry tomatoes with sliced red onion and basil. Extra virgin olive oil ties this salad together for a medley of Mediterranean flavors. It’s so simple, you’ll be shocked at how good it tastes.

The tomatoes tend to get mushy over time, so this salad is best served fresh.

08. Sesame Ginger Bok Choy

If you’re looking to get more greens in your life, here’s the perfect way.

The sticky glaze is made from aromatic sesame oil, grated ginger, soy sauce and chili sauce. The sauce gets carmelized in a cast iron skillet, while the charred bok choy soaks up all the flavor.

Make sure you drizzle any extra glaze over top of your salmon.

09. No-Stir Creamy Lemon & Herb Baked Risotto

Craving risotto, but don’t want to labor over the stove for 30 minutes to make it? This no-stir recipe lets you bake your risotto with your salmon at the same time.

This simplified risotto recipe cooks the rice in a casserole pot in the oven. Parmesan, butter, fresh herbs and tangy lemon juice are added after cooking, resulting in creamy gooey risotto.

This risotto is best served hot, before it has a chance to thicken up.

10. Creamy Cucumber Salad

This bright and healthy side will freshen up any meal in an instant. Serve this one at your next barbecue.

Sour cream makes this salad creamy while still being tangy. The fresh chopped dill pairs perfectly with salmon dishes.

This is the kind of salad that tastes better as it marinates, so feel free to make ahead of time.

If you like an extra crunch, keep the skins on the cucumbers when you cut them.

11. Kale Salad

Kale is the perfect make ahead side dish, because it doesn’t wilt like other salad greens. Pack this up for a picnic or put it in the fridge for later, and it will still taste great.

Apples, carrots and sliced almonds give this salad a satisfying crunch. Kale leaves soak up the sweet and sour dressing perfectly without the dreaded sogginess. This is a dish where you’ll be going back for seconds.

12. Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Elevate your salmon dinner with a simple side of savory roasted asparagus.

All you need is pepper, salt, garlic and olive oil, and the oven does the rest. The ends crisp up beautifully and are bursting with flavor.

Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon over top and you have a healthy, yet elegant dish.

13. Quinoa Lentil Salad

Need a filling side dish, without all the empty carbs? Protein packed lentils and quinoa will guarantee you stay full for hours after eating.

Thanks to the lentils, kale and sunflower seeds, this salad is chewy and crunchy all at once. Grape tomatoes soaked in a tangy lemon vinaigrette pop with flavor.

For even more protein, you can add slivered almonds, or chickpeas too.

14. Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Rice might sound boring, but this pilaf side dish is anything but.

This pilaf contains all the savory goodness of cremini mushrooms, sweet onion, thyme and garlic. It’s cooked in a rich vegetable or beef stock so the rice is infused with flavor. And it’s all cooked in one pot, so it’s super easy to make too.

15. Mango Salsa

This low fat, vegan salsa side is the ideal crowd pleaser. A little spiciness, and a lot of sweetness, it’s like summer in a bowl.

Rich salmon goes so well with this bright and tangy salsa. Pile it on top as a garnish, or eat it on the side by itself. Jalapeños are the secret ingredient to give this side dish a little kick of heat.

16. Roasted Baby Carrots with Honey

Need a recipe to appease kids, but is also quick and easy? Honey glazed carrots will please any eater, and they go with almost anything.

Soft roasted carrots are the perfect vessel to soak up the honey and butter sauce. Baby carrots are easiest, but you can use whole or diced carrots too.

Serve this side with baked salmon—and don’t forget to spoon some of the sauce on top.

17. Creamy Lemon Pepper Pasta

How can a pasta be both light tasting and incredibly creamy? This side dish makes it possible.

White wine, lemon juice and cream come together in an incredibly smooth but light sauce. Minced garlic adds a savory depth, while freshly grated parmesan cheese provides that satisfying cheesy flavor.

You can make this dish with any type of pasta—I prefer spiral pasta because it holds onto more sauce.

18. Garlic Roasted Potato

Simple roasted potatoes are a side dish that work with almost any meal. You can use any variety of potato you wish, although Russet or Yukon Gold are my favorites for roasting.

After they are tossed in oil, garlic and spices, these potatoes crisp up beautifully in the oven. You can add paprika for a hint of smokiness.

Toss them with chopped parsley once they’re out of the oven and serve warm.

19. Chopped Asparagus Salad

Try a new way of serving asparagus, with this unique mixed vegetable salad.

Blanched asparagus is mixed with tomato, cucumber, field greens and chickpeas. The addition of kalamata olives and feta cheese create the perfect balance of saltiness. You’ll be surprised at how filling this side salad is all on its own.

20. Broccoli Salad

Broccoli can be good for you, and taste delicious too.

The star of any broccoli salad is the dressing. This recipe uses a mixture of mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar for a slightly sweet flavor.

The addition of crumbled bacon and shredded cheese will make you forget you’re even eating broccoli.

21. Honey Butter Corn Skillet

Don’t get stuck with boring, bland sides like boiled or cream corn. This recipe turns simple frozen corn into a side dish bursting with flavor.

The corn is heated up in a sauce of honey and butter. A few cubes of cream cheese stirred in give this dish its irresistible creaminess. It’s so simple, and a crowd pleaser with kids and adults alike.

22. Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Skewers are an easy way to wow guests, and get your veggie fix too. They’re a quintessential barbecue food, and can be made right alongside your grilled salmon.

Some of the best vegetables to skewer are ones that have sugars that get caramelized. These include bell peppers, corn and red onions.

Mushrooms and broccoli also get super flavorful when grilled on a skewer.

23. Basmati Rice with Coconut Corn and Peas

Coconut infused basmati rice can add a tropical twist to any salmon dish.

The rice is infused with coconut milk during the cooking process, giving it a unique sweet flavor. Frozen peas and corn add texture and chewiness, along with a pop of color.

If you don’t like corn or peas, you can substitute them with any frozen veggies you prefer.

24. Pesto Pasta

Hot or cold, this pasta is a delicious side dish to pair with pan fried salmon. It stores well in the fridge too, so you can prepare it in advance.

Cherry tomatoes and basil pesto keep this pasta light and summery. Add extra kale and pine nuts for a satisfying crunch.

I like to mix parmesan into the pasta, as well as grate fresh parmesan overtop for serving.

25. Grilled Zucchini

Keep things simple with this beautiful, healthy grilled zucchini.

Grilled zucchini can be cut in any way, but this recipe uses long planks for maximum grilling area. It’s flavored with olive oil, salt and Italian seasoning, although you can use any seasonings you like.

Once it hits the grill, those flavors get cooked into the zucchini and taste amazing.

Some delicious variations include adding drizzled balsamic, feta cheese, or a sprinkle of red chili flakes for a little heat.

26. Sugar Snap Peas

These simple sugar snap peas add a satisfying crunch to any meal.

Sugar snap peas don’t require much cooking, so this side dish only takes 5 minutes to prepare. Butter, salt and pepper is all you need to take their flavor from good to amazing.

Add a dash of spicy sriracha, some freshly grated parmesan, or crushed garlic if you like!

Use fresh sugar snap peas for this recipe, to get that wonderful fresh taste and crunchy texture.

26 Best Side Dishes For Salmon

Directions


  1. Choose one of these delicious sides from our salmon side dish recipes.

  2. Grill, poach or bake your salmon to tender, flaky perfection.

  3. Whip together one of these easy, mouth-watering sides.

  4. Enjoy a healthy and nutritious meal with your family.

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