Looking for the best side dishes for salmon? From hearty leafy green salads, to roasted savory vegetables, this post is packed with 36 different healthy side dishes perfect for serving with salmon.
Whether you are grilling it, baking it, stuffing it, smoking it, steaming it, or eating it raw, here are some delicious homemade and healthy side dishes that pair well with your favorite salmon recipes!
Salmon is one of my favorite fish to prepare and eat. It has a buttery and flakey texture and pairs with many other flavors. My favorite way to cook it is simply pan roasting it with salt, black pepper, and olive oil. If you want to get a bit more fancy, try Cajun Crab Stuffed Salmon or Cajun Salmon Alfredo Pasta. Both are mouthwatering preparations!
I broke down these healthy side dish recommendations into 4 groups to make picking out the perfectes side dish easier:
Scroll through to pick out a few delicious sides for your salmon dinner.
What flavors pair well with salmon?
Salmon is a milder tasting fish that is rich in healthy fats. Because it is more oily than other fish, it pairs well with bright and acidic flavors, like citrus and fresh herbs. Think sauces like a white wine vinaigrette, creamy lemon butter sauce, or honey dijon glaze.
If you’re stuck on what to do with your salmon, here are some flavors that pair well with this rich tasting fish.
Produce that pairs well with salmon: tomatoes, spinach, asparagus, potatoes, zucchini, arugula, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, lime, and orange.
Fresh herbs that pair well with salmon: dill, chives, mint, tarragon, thyme, green onions, parsley, and cilantro.
If you want to pair your salmon with another protein, you really can’t go wrong with bacon (or pancetta), scallops, or shrimp.
The best sides for salmon are ones that compliment its rich flavor and flakey texture. I hand picked the following salmon side dishes to make the perfect meal!
Green Vegetables Sides
Salmon can be a rich and fatty fish - in a deliciously good way of course. Because of this, it pairs well with some healthy and simple green fresh vegetables. My favorite green fresh veggies to pair with salmon are asparagus, brussels sprouts, fennel, spinach, and green beans.
Starchy Vegetables Sides
Starchy veggies are never a bad idea in my book. The only vegetables I would eat the first 10 or so years of my life were were potatoes and corn (I know, yikes). My palate has definitely expanded to love most green veggies, but starchy root vegetables will always be my favorite.
Starchy vegetables that pair well with salmon include carrots, potatoes, and lentils.
Salad Side Dishes
Moving on to the greens dream teams - the side salad. Salads, especially ones that are heavy on the veggies, go great with salmon. You can even make a simple grilled piece of salmon and add it to these salads to make a complete meal.
Salads make the perfect veggie packed healthy salmon sides.
Rice and Grain Sides
Round out your salmon dinner with some rice or grain side dishes. These grain salads will be a hearty and delicious addition to a salmon dinner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pesto pairs well with salmon. The fresh herbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese all go well with this fish. Try pan seared salmon topped with pesto and crispy roasted potatoes on the side.
Garlic goes very well with salmon! However, I think garlic goes well with just about anything. Try salmon with a garlic, ginger, and soy sauce glaze, served with white or brown rice.
Rosemary isn’t a flavor I often see with salmon, but they do pair well together. Rosemary roasted salmon would go well with fall root vegetables and a balsamic vinegar glaze.
If you've made it this far, I guarantee you are hungry for some delicious perfectly cooked salmon! I hope you found the perfect sides for salmon, no matter how you choose to prepare it.
Let me know which ones you decided to choose in the comments below!!