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What To Serve With Salmon: The 15 Best Salmon Side Dishes

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If you’re wondering what to serve with salmon this evening, you’ve come to the right place. From the easy and quick to the impressive, here are 15 salmon side dishes.

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Vegetable Side Dishes for Salmon

If you’ve found yourself mulling over what vegetables go with salmon, you’re not alone. Many home cooks, when at a loss for a side dish, fall back on the easy staple — potatoes. But don’t reach for that potato peeler just yet. Potatoes are a bit too heavy a side dish for salmon. Instead, go with something light, fresh and full of flavor.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts is a good place to start. If you’ve yet to try sprouts, don’t turn up your nose. While, yes, the veggies are quite smelly and unappetizing when boiled, when roasted, they’re an absolute delight. Top them with two other great ingredients — parmesan cheese and garlic — and you’ll never wonder what to serve with salmon again.

While you’re roasting things, give this Roasted Asparagus recipe a try. Brought to you by the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, and the pros at The Food Network, all you need are two pounds of fresh asparagus, oil, salt and pepper.

If you’ve leveled up and think your cooking skills can handle more than single vegetable side dishes, then try this Shaved Vegetable Salad. The lemony dressing perfectly complements any salmon dish, and it’s filled with fresh veggies like beets, carrots, radishes, fennel and bok choy, for a truly healthy side dish that tastes just as good as it looks.

Rice and Other Grain Side Dishes for Salmon

Looking for a complementary rice dish for salmon?

While rice and grain-based side dishes can sometimes be too filling to properly work with a salmon dinner, if prepared correctly, rice and other grains can become fluffy, fragrant dishes worthy of any dinner table.

This Lemon Rice, for one, is refreshingly simple and easy to prepare, and lemon is one of the easiest flavors to pair with salmon. Cook this rice recipe in half an hour as you bake some salmon in the oven and you have a delicious and tasty dinner in a snap.

Herbed Couscous is another option. Combined with more lemon, parsley, red pepper and chicken broth, this versatile grain is simple and savory.

For something a bit more out of the ordinary, you could pair this Farro Salad with your salmon. Farro (an ancient and super-healthy grain) combines with shallots, apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey, arugula, apple, parmesan and pecans just to start, for a salad that’s filled with diverse flavors and textures.


Grilled Salmon Side Dishes

One of the most popular ways to cook salmon is on the grill. Why not make some grilled salmon sides, too? You’ll thank yourself later when the kitchen is clean and there’s nary a pot or pan to clean in sight.

During the summer months, take advantage of fresh corn on the cob and make some Cilantro Lime Grilled Corn. This recipe incorporates two types of peppers, cilantro and lime for a zesty, Mexican-inspired flavor.

If you’ve never grilled broccoli before, you’re certainly missing out. Grilled Broccoli is a great grilled salmon side and all it takes is some broccoli (fresh or frozen), non-stick spray, aluminum foil, butter and the seasoning of your choice. After combining all your ingredients, you wrap up the broccoli in a foil packet and then pop it on the grill where it cooks with no mess.

Similarly, Grilled and Glazed Carrots is a fun way to liven up a sometimes otherwise boring vegetable. Once you’ve had grilled carrots, you likely won’t want to go back to eating them any other way. The caramelization of the sugars as the carrots cook and develop grill marks makes the veggie extra scrumptious.

Easy Salmon Side Dishes

Cooking salmon doesn’t have to be difficult (season, cook in a skillet on medium heat, five minutes per side — voila!), so cooking your salmon side dishes shouldn’t be either. These recipes are 100 percent foolproof.

Pair the light freshness of this Easy Cucumber Salad with salmon and you have a springtime meal that can’t be beat. You don’t even have to turn on the stove to make the salad and it can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

If you have fresh green beans on hand, some Simple Skillet Green Beans is an easy salmon side dish to have in your recipe repertoire. Within minutes, you can capture the flavors of fresh garden produce, with just one pan and six ingredients.

And, if a tasty salad is calling your name, this Simple Green Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette will satisfy your cravings. Even making the homemade dressing is a breeze!

Quick Salmon Side Dishes

Salmon itself cooks rather quickly on the stovetop and these salmon side dishes will cook in about the same matter of time.

With these three recipes in your arsenal and some fresh salmon in your fridge, you really don’t have any excuse not to get a yummy, healthy dinner on the table after a long day of work.

For example, take this 15-Minute Parmesan Orzo. While orzo doesn’t necessarily sound like an easy, quick side dish, this recipe pulls everything together in a matter of minutes. Since it’s a little on the heavier side, it’s also a good choice if you’re putting together a fall or winter meal with salmon as the star.

This 10-Minute Corn Salad is equally addictive. You might even find that it steals the show away from your salmon! It combines everyone’s favorite flavors of bacon, ranch, cheese and garlic for a summery, delicious salad that can be made in 10 minutes and then stored ahead of time. All it takes is one bowl — you could even make this salad right in your serving bowl, for even less clean up!

So you don’t have 15 or 10 minutes? What about five? Because that’s all it takes to whip up this 5-Minute Parmesan Zucchini. There are only four ingredients and you can even make it in the microwave, if it’s simply too warm outside to turn on the stove.

Salmon Side Dishes Don’t Have to be Hard

No matter your level of cooking skills or the amount of time you have on your hands, you can put together some delicious side dishes to perfectly complement and round out your salmon dinner.

Still Wondering What to Serve with Salmon?

Remember, salmon side dishes should be light and complement the flavor of the fish. You don’t want anything overly heavy or overpowering. Think crisp, fresh vegetables; light citrus flavors; and mild cheeses. Don’t feel like you have to do something elaborate because you’re cooking a seafood dinner; simple flavors are often best.

Holly Riddle

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