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20 Delicious Sides for Salmon

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Here's what to serve with salmon for dinner! We love baked salmon, grilled salmon, stuffed salmon, and pan-seared salmon for dinner, but what should you serve with it?

These 20 side dishes for salmon are all easy-ish to make and pair well with the buttery, rich flavor of salmon.

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


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 deliciously, mustardy dressing.

best green salad recipe

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!


Roasted Red Cabbage

This roasted red cabbage is a gorgeous side dish recipe! It's our favorite way to eat red cabbage - roasting it really brings out the flavor but also adds some great crunchy bits.


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 and prosciutto salad on a white serving dish.

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.


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!

radish and cucumber salad in a 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

Easy Tomato Salad with Tarragon Pesto

This bright, easy tomato salad is topped with a basil tarragon pesto and toasted pine nuts. It's truly delightful! This will be one of your favorite summer side dishes. 

tomato tarragon salad topped with pine nuts on a platter

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.


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.

black bean salad in a glass serving bowl with a spoon

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.


Creamy Zucchini Pasta with Lemon

This creamy zucchini pasta recipe is made with spiralized zucchini noodles and linguini noodles. It has a rich, decadent sauce made from cream, butter, and lemon that's brightened up with fresh herbs.


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.


Yield: 4 servings

Side Dishes for Salmon - Mediterranean Veggies

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

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

What side dishes complement 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.

We love pairing salmon with a fresh, seasonal vegetable or a light, fruity salad.

Finally, 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).

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