Here are all the best sides to with salmon! From fresh salads to crispy potatoes, there’s not much that doesn’t pair with this healthy fish.
Salmon is one of the easiest healthy dinner ideas out there. If you’re a seafood lover, you already know: salmon is where it’s AT for quick weeknight dinners. But have you ever been stumped on what to serve it with? If you’re trying to keep things quick, sometimes it’s hard to find a fast side dish that can compete with the speed of salmon.
At the same time, if you’re serving salmon for a dinner party, there’s some room for making a showy side. Here are our best sides to serve with salmon, ordered in terms of speed! So if you’re making a quick weeknight dinner keep to sides at the top of the list. If you’re entertaining, head lower down the list.
And now, our best sides to serve with salmon (in order of cook time)!
Here's our top side to go with salmon: lemon green beans! These beans are so easy to make and come together in 10 minutes, making them perfect for a quick weeknight meal. They come out crisp tender and flavored with zesty lemon. Even though they're quick, they look beautiful and dress up any meal. If you've got an Instant Pot, try Instant Pot Green Beans with Lemon.
These truly are the best sauteed mushrooms, and the meaty flavor is perfect with salmon! They're tender and juicy, with a brightness at the finish. Fresh thyme and oregano give an herby punch. Take one bite and you'll exclaim "Wow!"
Here's a fantastic side to go with salmon, or really any meal! Our Italian-style chopped salad is everyone's favorite. It features crunchy romaine, colorful veggies, Parmesan cheese, and our zesty Homemade Italian Dressing. The kicker? Jarred pepperoncini, which bring a tang and crunch. Another option? Radish Chopped Salad Recipe with blue cheese dressing.
This Mediterranean-style cauliflower goes perfectly with salmon! This lemon herb steamed cauliflower cooks in minutes and is so good, you won’t want to stop eating it! The lemon zest makes it bright, and using Italian seasoning and olive oil gives a savory flair. Even better: it takes only 10 minutes to cook. (Got a pressure cooker? Try our Instant Pot Cauliflower.)
Farro is a chewy, tender whole grains that's a unique variation to rice. It's quick to cook and tastes so good mixed with garlic and fresh herbs! Here it's mixed with sage, thyme and oregano. If you want to dress it up for entertaining, try Farro with Mushrooms & Parmesan. Or try our Perfect Wild Rice!
What's better with salmon than crispy Brussels sprouts? This is the best classic Brussels sprouts recipe: they're roasted at very high heat until perfectly salted and crispy. If you have an Instant Pot, you can shortcut the time with Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan.
Total time: 30 minutes (15 minutes in Instant Pot)
Lentils are a perfect protein-packed side to go with salmon! This Mediterranean-style lentil salad is full of flavor. It's fresh and healthy, mixed with crunchy veggies, feta cheese and pistachios. It’s a tasty way to add plant based protein alongside fish.
These roasted sweet potatoes are a great side to with salmon: the subtle sweetness of the potatoes pairs perfectly with the savory salmon. These sweet potatoes are so tasty, lightly seasoned with garlic powder and roasted until caramelized in a hot oven. Don't want to dice? Try our Quick Baked Sweet Potato.
Other options: try Mashed Red Potatoes, Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.