30 Best Sides For Salmon
Make the most of your salmon dinner with one of these perfectly complementary side dishes. From bright and fresh veggies (we love these Lemon-Feta Green Beans and this Endless Summer Salad) to comforting carbs (Grown-Up Pasta Salad, anyone?), these salmon sides are exactly what you're looking for.
Lemon-Feta Green Beans
Searing lemons is one of our favorite tricks for upping the ante on any dish. The tart juice mellows out, providing the perfect balance for the briny capers and feta in this skillet side. If you have any leftovers, try adding halved cherry tomatoes and enjoying as a cold salad; some cooked chicken or shrimp would turn it into a lovely main dish.
Crispy Sheet Pan Salmon with Lemony Asparagus and Carrots
This heart-healthy sheet pan dish features both minimal prep time and simple cleanup thanks to its setup. Flavor wise, tangy Dijon mustard and fresh dill perk up fresh, tender salmon, while panko adds a nice crunch. A fresh squeeze of lemon after the dish bakes adds just the right amount of tanginess.
Instant Pot Asparagus
Our Instant Pot Asparagus is tender, but still has a nice crunch and flavor thanks to toasted almonds and orange zest. Everything you need is super easy to find—just make sure to buy asparagus with medium thickness, as asparagus that’s too thin or small will become mushy.
Broiled Salmon and Asparagus with Crème Fraîche
This technique cooks salmon perfectly every time. The sauce is flavorful and rich, but not heavy--just right for a weeknight.
Roasted Summer Vegetable Plate with Herb Dressing
Farro—a whole-grain hero—adds fiber and heft to this meatless main; here we cook it with the green beans to save time and cut down on cleanup. This also makes a stellar lunch; dress it just before serving to keep the arugula fresh.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemony Greens and Grains
This healthy, hearty skillet supper is easy enough for a weeknight meal but special enough for dinner with company. Regular farro can take 30 minutes to cook. To cut down on cook time, look for 10 Minute Farro at Trader Joe’s or Simply Balanced microwavable farro at Target.
Roasted Root Vegetables with Sorghum and Cider
Sorghum—also known as sorghum molasses—is the distinctive, syrupy by-product of sorghum grain. Look for it in specialty stores and gourmet grocers, or substitute molasses.
Salmon with Green Beans and Smashed Potatoes
Smart timing makes this sheet pan supper easy and keeps your dish count down. Briefly microwave the potatoes first to help them cook up perfectly tender with the salmon; add the green beans last to keep them bright and crunchy.
Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
This high flavor side dish of Sautéed Broccoli Rabe is packed with potassium, iron, and calcium, fiber as well as vitamins A, C, and K. Broccoli rabe is one of the most nutritious leafy greens to add to your diet.
Simply Steamed Salmon and Corn With Dill Yogurt
Steaming is a gentle cooking method that preserves the natural flavors of all the components of this 15-minute meal.
Simple Blistered Broccolini
This dish says it all in the name: simple and blistered. All it takes is five ingredients, five active minutes, and a quick 10-minute blast in the oven. The trick? The broiler. To get hot fast, go for the broiler. Trust us.
Sautéed Salmon with Chimichurri and Potatoes
Salmon’s high healthy-fat content helps it stay moist under high-heat cooking, unlike flaky fish, which might dry out.
Salmon with Kale, Walnut, and White Bean Salad
Boost your brain and treat your taste buds with this quick and easy salad. The vinaigrette features turmeric, Dijon mustard, honey, and red wine vinegar for a beautiful balance of peppery, savory, sweet, and tangy flavors. Our method for cooking the salmon gives you supercrisp skin and perfectly moist fish.
Roasted Salmon with Oranges, Beets, and Carrots
This sheet pan main is as elegant as it is easy. Serve on any weeknight, or for guests with a whole-grain side and seasonal salad. One large (1 1/2-lb.) fillet, also called a side of salmon, will stay moist at the higher oven temperature. If using individually portioned fillets (about 6 oz. each); bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.
Spice-Roasted Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower
Moroccan spices blend earthy (cumin) with warm and fragrant (coriander and allspice). Salmon and cauliflower embrace these flavors well. Look for thicker salmon fillets from the upper portion of the fish rather than thinner tail pieces.
Seared Salmon with Balsamic-Blistered Tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar mirror and amplify each other; both are a bit tangy and sweet, and both benefit from a little high heat in the pan.
Grilled Salmon with a Farmers’ Market Salad
For a hearty, summer salad that’s bursting with fresh, seasonal finds from your local farmers’ market, this healthy dish is about to be your go-to dinner. Topped with an simple grilled fillet of salmon and tossed in a light, citrus vinaigrette, this salad allows the fresh flavors of the produce to shine through.
Roasted Salmon with Kale-Quinoa Salad
The American Heart Association recommends eating salmon or other fatty fish twice a week to reap the cardiovascular benefits that the omega-3 fatty acids provide. Look for wild salmon, which has 5 to 10 times fewer contaminants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) than farm-raised.
Salmon with Potatoes and Horseradish Sauce
You can't go wrong when you start with salmon and a sour cream sauce, especially if the sauce is flavored with dill and horseradish. Fill out the plate with a side of steamed green beans.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Pear and Walnut Spinach Salad
Wild salmon has less saturated fat, fewer calories, and 5 to 10 times fewer contaminants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) than farm-raised (in early studies, POPs have been linked to impaired brain development, type 2 diabetes, and obesity).
Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon with Flash-Cooked Zucchini
Preheating the pan allows the skin side of the salmon fillets to crisp while the broiler quickly cooks the flesh side. The honey-Dijon glaze locks in moisture and caramelizes nicely in the hot oven. No pastry brush? Use a spoon to divide the sticky glaze evenly over fillets, and then use the back of the spoon to spread.
Looking for a side that’ll stand out this Thanksgiving? Look no further than these charred, super tender carrots cooked in a spiced harissa oil. Smoky sweet carrots are balanced by brightness from the lemon zest, and the harissa paste mixture helps the carrots achieve a nice spice crust and char in the oven.
Grown-Up Pasta Salad
You know that pasta salad from childhood (you know the one—rotini, canned olives, underripe grape tomatoes, cubed cheese)? It showed up at cookouts, sleepovers and every occasion in between, and it holds a special place in hearts a plenty—or at least it does around our office.
Endless Summer Salad
This abundantly loaded salad is the ultimate love letter to summer. Featuring a colorful menagerie of seasonal gems, it’s as gorgeous as it is delicious. Plus, it’s absolutely flexible; consider this recipe a blueprint for bringing together everything that catches your eye at your own local farmer’s market this week.
Ombré Citrus Salad
If you’ve been invited to a potluck and feel fresh out of recipe ideas, this is the dish for you. This stunning citrus salad will fit right in at nearly any occasion—holiday brunch, wedding or baby shower, breakfast with friends, office luncheon, church social.
Corn, Tomato, and Basil Salad
While corn and tomatoes are at their peak later in the summer, you can enjoy this simple salad all season long. White miso--the kind that's lowest in sodium--adds a powerful umami punch to the mix, enhancing the meaty flavor that tomatoes and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese provide.
Green Beans Amandine
Adding lemon juice and water to the browned butter mixture creates a lovely, glossy sauce that coats the beans beautifully. The overall impression is that there’s far more butter than is actually there. You can easily get a head start by completing step 1 up to two days ahead.
Sheet Pan Salmon, Green Beans, and Potatoes
A complete sheet pan dinner that feeds 4 people in just 40 minutes? It doesn't get much better than this fuss-free dinner prep method. You'll only need a few pantry-staple ingredients in addition to the fish, veggies, and potatoes. The Tzaziki sauce is optional, but we highly suggest serving it with the final dish for over-the-top flavor.
Feta-and-Walnut Blistered Green Beans
Charring is a great technique for coaxing extra flavor from vegetables without adding calories. Here, slender green beans stay crisp and fresh while taking on a hint of bitter and smoke for balance.