The 30 Best Side Dishes for Salmon

sweet potato bulger citrus salad side dish for salmon recipe
The Full Helping

We don’t like to play favorites, but we’ll admit that salmon holds a special place in our heart—especially on weeknights. It’s delicious, easy to prepare and, oh, those omega-3s! Plus, our favorite fish is totally versatile, as it can be prepared to fit almost any flavor profile. Even so, it’s tough to decide what to serve with the main course. Here are 30 tasty side dishes for salmon that never get old.

winter citrus salad salmon sides

1. Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Salad

Salmon is high in healthy fats, so a tart salad always works well to cut through its richness.

roasted parmesan pesto potatoes recipe salmon side dish
Two Peas and Their Pod

2. Roasted Parmesan Pesto Potatoes

Contrast salmon’s silky texture with this crispy side, courtesy of Coterie member Maria Lichty.

cauliflower rice salmon sides

3. Cauliflower Rice

Keep it super healthy with a scoop or two of cauliflower rice. (It’s especially good with teriyaki or miso-glazed salmon.)

asparagus ceasar salad salmon sides

4. Asparagus Caesar Salad

Salmon and asparagus is a classic pairing. This easy recipe also includes lemon juice for a little extra freshness.

cranberry pecan quinoa salad with honey orange dressing recipe salmon side dish
Ambitious Kitchen

5. Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

The leftovers make an enviable desk lunch for the next day.

burssels farro salad salmon sides

6. Make-Ahead Farro and Brussels Sprouts Salad

We’re all about roasted sprouts, but sometimes fresh and crunchy is the way to go.

side dishes for salmon slow cooker detox coconut soup 921
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Vegan Slow-Cooker Detox Coconut Soup

This Thai-inspired soul-warmer boasts glass noodles, fresh herbs, scallions, bean sprouts and more.

sweet potato bulger citrus salad side dish for salmon recipe
The Full Helping

8. Sweet Potato Bulgur Salad

Bulgur's nuttiness pairs beautifully with salmon, and we have Coterie member Gena Hamshaw to thank for this guy.

green bean fries salmon sides

9. Crispy Green Bean "Fries"

No messy frying required—your oven's got it covered.

miso roasted brussel sprouts recipe salmon side dish
Gimme Some Oven

10. Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Mmm, salmon paired with an Asian-inspired glaze? Invite us over, please.

lemony shaved asparagus salad with farro arugula and edamame recipe salmon side dish
Floating Kitchen

11. Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame

Peppery arugula cuts salmon's richness while farro and edamame add texture.

side dishes for salmon chilled cucumber salad recipe
Erin McDowell

12. Chilled Cucumber Salad

On a hot night, all we crave is some poached or grilled salmon and this crisp, cool salad.

asian broccoli salad with peanut sauce recipe salmon sides
Gimme Some Oven

13. Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

Another winner for a soy- or ginger-glazed salmon recipe.

autumn couscous salad recipe salmon sides
Foodie Crush

14. Autumn Couscous Salad

Who doesn’t love Israeli couscous (aka the big pearled kind)? Thanks Coterie member, Heidi Larson.

kale and wild rice salad recipe salmon sides
Two Peas and Their Pod

15. Kale and Wild Rice Salad

Think leafy greens, whole grains and creamy goat cheese for good measure. Thanks, Coterie member Maria Lichty.

grilled corn spicy aioli salmon sides

16. Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli

This twist on a classic will change summer patio dinners forever.

15 minute lemony broccolini pasta recipe salmon side dish

17. 15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

This quick pasta is one of our go-to weeknight meals, but it works just as well as a side.

garlic roasted bok choy salmon sides
Wholesome Yum

18. Easy Garlic Roasted Bok Choy

This low-maintenance side roasts in the oven while you prep your main dish.

citrus fennel avocado salad salmon sides

19. Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

Salmon + avocado = healthy fats dream team.

tabbouleh salad recipe salmon side dish
Laura Wing and Jim Kamoosi

20. Tabbouleh Salad

Salmon pairs perfectly with Mediterranean flavors. Try this fresh, herbaceous salad and toasted pita with your fish.

side dishes for salmon peanut sesame noodle salad recipe
Emily Morgan

21. Warm Sesame Noodle Salad

Warning: You’ll want to put the peanut butter dressing on *everything*.

side dishes for salmon coconut creamed spinach recipe
Erin McDowell

22. Coconut Creamed Spinach

This beauty is free of dairy and totally vegan, thanks to coconut milk.

side dishes for salmon everything bagel cauliflower rolls recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

23. ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls

Yup, cauliflower can officially do anything.

side dishes for salmon apple grape and pecan pasta salad recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

24. Apple, Grape and Pecan Pasta Salad

Might we suggest pairing this picnic favorite with hemp- and walnut-crusted salmon?

side dishes for salmon brussels sprouts skillet crispy pancetta garlic bread crumbs recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta-Garlic Breadcrumbs

Any veggie topped with pancetta and butter is a veggie we can get behind.

side dishes for salmon corn and tomato salad recipe
Photo: Tyler Mauk/Styling: Anne Mauk

26. Corn and Tomato Salad with Feta and Lime

Hi, summer. This refreshing side is destined for your first barbecue.

side dishes for salmon stuffed sweet potatoes with chipotle lime yogurt recipe
Teri Lyn Fisher/Eat Like You Give a Fork

27. Overstuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle-Lime Yogurt

Sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado and Greek yogurt? Bring on the healthy fats.

side dishes for salmon grilled mango salsa recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

28. Grilled Mango Salsa

Spoon it right onto the salmon or serve it on the side with tortilla chips.

side dishes for salmon rainbow vegetable skewers recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

29. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers

The trick is sticking to one veggie per skewer, so all the pieces cook at the same speed.

side dishes for salmon herby shoestring fries recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30. Herby Shoestring Fries

When in doubt, fries are always a crowd pleaser—especially when they’re tossed in fresh rosemary.

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