It always feels like a treat when salmon is in my family’s weekly dinner menu plan. Feel like Salmon tonight? We present 10 Great Side Dishes that go with Salmon. This healthy fish is a family favorite that everyone around the table is happy to gobble up. Salmon is the King of the Pacific Northwest. I love it because it’s easy to prepare and there are so many ways to cook it. Take your pick between cooking salmon in the oven, under the broiler for an extra-speedy dinner, or on the grill. You can even cook salmon straight from the freezer.
The best side dishes for salmon should be simple enough to make while the salmon cooks, and deliver plenty of flavor without outshining or overpowering the beautiful fish. We think basics like rice, vegetables, or salad work well with salmon. Here are 10 easy side dish recipes that pair perfectly with salmon, no matter how you plan on cooking it.
If you prefer a side of potatoes, you should give this light and fresh potato salad a spin. It skips the mayo in favor of a punchy Dijon vinaigrette, and mixes in plenty of herbs.
Get the recipe: French-Inspired Potato Salad
This is my new favorite side to serve with salmon (and anything else I cook up for dinner!). Best of all, it’ll leave you with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.
Get the recipe: Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Farro, Pecorino, and Dates
Cooked in a fiercely hot oven, cabbage ascends to the ranks of potato chips: crisp, golden, savory, toasty.
Get the recipe: Oven-Caramelized Cabbage Wedges
This fast and fancy side is totally reminiscent of traditional pilaf, but it starts with leftover rice to keep it quick and easy.
Get the recipe: Mushroom Rice Pilaf
Snappy but tender and punched up with a bit of red pepper flake, green beans are an ideal salmon partner for their ability to cook quickly on the stovetop.
Get the recipe: Sautéed Green Beans
This quick sautéed green is more flavorful and not quite as intense as creamed spinach. Double down on the garlic and lemon for your salmon and you’ve got a match made in kitchen heaven.
Get the recipe: Easy Skillet Kale with Lemon & Garlic
Change up your broccoli game by throwing it on the grill alongside the salmon, then top it with a sprinkle of salty Parm.
Get the recipe: Grilled Parmesan Broccoli
When you just want to keep it simple but have no idea what to make, remember that you can never go wrong with a cucumber salad.
Get the recipe: The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad
A duo of smoked paprika and sliced almonds are the secret to giving your regular pot of couscous a serious upgrade.
Get the recipe: One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous