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27 Simple and Delicious Sides for Salmon

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These sides for salmon are all easy to make and pair well with the buttery, rich flavor of salmon.

Some of my favorite salmon recipes are this baked salmon, a simple grilled salmon, stuffed salmon, and pan-seared salmon. I'll share my favorite side dishes that make a complete healthy dinner. Most can be added to an easy salmon recipe for a quick weeknight meal and are made with simple ingredients. 

Tips for Picking Sides for Salmon

Salmon has a high fat content, so it typically has a rich and oily flavor. Pairing fresh flavors with salmon will help keep your meal balanced and allow the salmon flavor to shine without feeling overwhelming. 

I love pairing salmon with seasonal and fresh vegetables or a light, fruity salad.

Because salmon has a creamy consistency, it can be nice to offset that with a side dish that has some crunch (think nuts, fresh fruit, or crisped panko).

It's easy to pull together roasted veggies or rice to serve alongside salmon, but if you're looking for more interesting recipes, you'll like these tasty dinner sides

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables

These delicious grilled Mediterranean vegetables are a perfect side dish! They're char-grilled to perfection and topped with herbs, olive oil, and lemon juice.

An overhead shot of a platter of grilled vegetables, topped with finely chopped herbs, next to a blue napkin.

French Potato Salad

This French potato salad with green beans is a hearty side dish or a wonderful lunch. It's full of flavor, has velvety potatoes, a fresh punch from the green beans, and added substance from the hard-boiled eggs.

French potato salad on a white platter with silver serving utensils.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

You are going to love this delicious roasted broccoli with parmesan cheese! It's a simple yet fantastic way to enjoy broccoli that the whole family will enjoy.

A metal spatula picking up roasted broccoli florets from a sheet pan.

The Best Green Salad Recipe

This is the best green salad recipe - it's got crumbled pecorino, rich panko, soft butter lettuce, a bright jolt of red spring onions.

It's the perfect green salad because it’s lush, easy to make, and has a delicious, mustardy dressing.

Green salad with parmesan and panko in a white bowl.

Grilled Baby Bok Choy Recipe

This healthy, grilled baby bok choy is an easy recipe for a delicious side dish. It has a zesty, savory Asian sauce with a little chili kick. The best part is, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes!

An overhead shot of a bowl of grilled baby bok choy, topped with sesame seeds.

Roasted Red Cabbage

This roasted red cabbage is one of the best and most gorgeous sides for salmon. It's my favorite way to eat red cabbage - roasting it really brings out the flavor but also adds some great crunchy bits.

Roasted red cabbages on an oval white plate with a fork.

The Easiest Green Salad

This easy green salad is quick + delightful. It's got a mustardy dressing that tastes great tossed with any soft green.

A simple green salad on a white plate with a fork and a knife.

Melon Prosciutto Salad

This delicious melon prosciutto salad combines cantaloupe, honeydew, little mozzarella balls, and prosciutto for a refreshing summer salad.

Melon prosciutto salad on a white platter.

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

This roasted beet salad with goat cheese recipe hits so many delicious flavor notes!

It's got crunchy pepitas, and creamy goat cheese, earthy beets, and peppery arugula. It's a delightful salad that I know you'll enjoy. 

Roasted beets, pepitas, arugula in a bowl.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out all their flavor! This great, easy side dish of roasted Brussels sprouts is always a hit, whether you're serving it a holiday meal or a weeknight dinner.

Roasted brussels sprouts on a baking sheet.

Salad Shirazi (Persian Cucumber & Tomato Salad)

Salad Shirazi is an Iranian recipe made from chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, a zesty dressing, and dried herbs. It's a classic Persian side salad that's juicy and refreshing.

Shirazi salad in a white serving bowl next to a blue napkin and lime slices.

Radish and Cucumber Salad

This easy radish cucumber salad recipe with dill and feta is a crunchy and fresh side. It's a perfect side dish that's ready in minutes!

A radish cucumber salad in a white bowl.

Shaved Zucchini Salad Recipe

This shaved zucchini salad recipe combines lemon, goat cheese, microgreens, and toasted pine nuts for an exquisite and luscious side dish. It’s zesty and flavorful while showcasing some of the best summer vegetables.

Shaved Zucchini Salad with pine nuts and feta

Italian Tomato Salad

This bright, easy tomato salad is truly delightful! This will be one of your favorite summer side dishes. 

Italian tomato salad in a large white serving bowl with serving utensils.

Tatsoi Salad

This delicious green salad is made with tatsoi, shaved cucumber, and sliced radishes. It’s topped with hemp hearts, furikake, and a zesty sesame soy ginger dressing.

Tatsoi greens salad in a blue serving bowl next to a napkin and chopsticks.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce

This recipe for whole roasted cauliflower with chimichurri sauce is both stunning and substantial.

Whole roasted cauliflower with sauce.

Black Bean Salad with Bell Peppers

You're going to love this black bean salad with bell peppers, red onion, and a kick of fajita seasoning. It's a hearty side dish that has a great crunch from the fresh peppers.

A black bean salad with bell peppers in a glass bowl.

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

These crispy smashed Brussels sprouts are baked to perfection. They're a delicious side dish that's fun to make and goes great with pasta or grilled chicken.

Crispy smashed Brussels sprouts in a serving bowl.

Roasted Acorn Squash

This delicious roasted acorn squash is a great side dish! Serve it on its own or chop it up and add it to a salad. It's incredibly flavorful and hearty.

Roasted acorn squash on a white serving dish.

Creamy Zucchini Pasta with Lemon

This creamy zucchini pasta recipe is a delicious side for salmon. Spiralized zucchini noodles and linguini noodles combine with a decadent sauce made from cream, butter, and lemon that's brightened up with fresh herbs.

Creamy zucchini pasta on a grey plate.

Mango Avocado Salad with Blueberries

This simple salad of mangoes, avocados, and blueberries is easy to make and full of great flavor! The juicy mango pairs perfectly with the creamy avocado and the plump blueberries.

Blueberry avocado mango salad on a plate with lime slices on top.

Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These healthy mashed sweet potatoes are surprisingly easy to make and are incredibly savory and satisfying.

Sweet potatoes are a great holiday side dish, but they're simple enough to enjoy on a weeknight as well. You'll roast the potatoes in their skins for a full hour. It makes for the creamiest most tender sweet potatoes.

Healthy mashed sweet potatoes in a serving bowl topped with butter.

Roasted Radish Salad Recipe

This salad is one of the best side dishes! It's bursting with special flavors - from the mellowed out flavor of the radishes to the yogurt dressing with dill and red wine vinegar, it has a delicious balance of flavors and is truly special. 

Roasted radish salad on a large white serving platter, with silver utensils next to a blue striped towel.

Baked Feta Pasta

If you like pasta sides, you must check out this Baked Feta Pasta. This tasty side dish is the perfect balance of creaminess from the feta cheese and roasted vegetables. This pasta is a meal in itself but it makes one of the best sides when served in smaller portions. It's creamy and delicious!

A bowl of feta, zucchini, and leek pasta.

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Quinoa

This delicious salad is topped with a zesty dressing made from orange juice and mustard - it adds a punch of flavor that pairs well with the subtle asparagus and quinoa. It pairs with salmon to make a delicious and healthy meal.

Shaved asparagus and quinoa salad in a white bowl with a spoon.

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes

If you love potato side dishes, this one's for you. We use a sneaky trick to get these potatoes extra crispy. They're full of the flavor and make the perfect simple side to a delicious salmon dish. 

Crispy oven roasted potatoes in a large white serving bowl with a serving fork.

Ramp Pasta

This wonderful bright green ramp pasta recipe is a lovely springtime dish. The pesto style sauce with fresh ramps, lemon zest, basil and plenty of parmesan is a next level pairing to a delicious salmon main dish. 

Ramp pasta in a white bowl with a silver serving spoon.

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Yield: 4 servings

Side Dishes for Salmon

A grilled vegetable side dish for salmon on a white platter.

Looking for a great side dish for salmon? Try our delicious and easy Grilled Mediterannean Vegetables is perfect for a BBQ.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, sliced into ½ inch rounds
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced into ½ inch rounds
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • optional - 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Toss the zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper with the olive oil, salt, oregano, garlic powder, and thyme in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Thread the vegetables onto skewers. 
  4. Place them on the grill and cook them for 3 to 5 minutes or until grill lines have formed. Flip them over and grill for another 3 to 5 minutes until charred. Remove immediately and place on a large plate or cutting board. Allow vegetables to cool for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  5. Remove the vegetables from the skewers. Drizzle the lemon juice over the top. Top with optional parsley, if using. 
  6. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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