45 Best Side Dishes for Salmon (What to Serve with Salmon)

Wondering what the best side dishes to serve with salmon are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide.

These dishes pair with all your favorite salmon recipes, from Miso Salmon to Sriracha Glazed Salmon and even this Everything Bagel Salmon.

Side Dishes for Salmon

These are some of my favorite tasty side dish recipes to serve with salmon fillets. I’ll usually pick one based on the type of salmon that I’m preparing.

For example, salmon fish tacos are amazing with these black beans.

But my sous vide salmon is just begging to be served with a rich, creamy side dish like this Lemon Risotto.

Grilled salmon calls for some Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

And salmon patties are great with Vinegar Slaw.

These simple side dishes, along with one of these yummy sauces for salmon, will guarantee an amazing, healthy dinner! Perfect for quick, weeknight cooking, but also amazing served at a dinner party.

Lemon Pasta

This Lemon Pasta recipe is deliciously tangy and creamy, plus it comes together in under 15 minutes! It’s a perfect side dish for a salmon dinner.

Lemon pasta in grey bowl with fork.

Lemon Risotto

This tangy, creamy risotto is swirled with with mascarpone cheese. Its bright flavor of lemon zest makes a perfect vegetarian side dish. The pop of lemon juice is delicious with a salmon filet.

Lemon risotto in grey bowl topped with charred lemon and basil sprigs.

Sous Vide Asparagus

Say goodbye to soggy asparagus, and hello to bright green, perfectly cooked spears. This delicious side dish has three options for flavoring – garlic butter, lemon or parmesan cheese. It’s a great side dish with salmon.

Spears of asparagus cooked sous vide topped with parmesan shavings.

Israeli Couscous with Tomatoes

Toasted pearl couscous is tossed with a burst tomato sauce and finished with a squeeze of lime for a delightful tang.

Side view of bowl of cooked tomato couscous with spoon.

Instant Pot Rice

With this easy Instant Pot Rice recipe, you’ll see it’s simple to make fluffy white rice with minimal measuring and perfect results every time. Plus it pairs with so many different salmon dishes.

Chopsticks in bowl of rice.

Tomato Cucumber Salad

This easy Tomato Cucumber Salad recipe features fresh veggies dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette. Every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors that’s perfect with a rich-tasting fish like salmon!

Overhead close up of tomato cucumber salad.

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries with Dipping Sauce

Strips of zucchini, coated in panko cook up perfectly crispy in the air fryer.

Overhead close up of zucchini fries on platter.

Butternut Squash Risotto

This always rich and warming Butternut Squash Risotto is such a flavorful side. Roasted squash, creamy and tender rice, and fresh sage come together to form dreamy and heavenly flavors in every bite.

Butternut squash risotto in grey bowl with spoon.

Roasted Delicata Squash

Roasted Delicata Squash is a simple side dish that’s really easy to prepare. There’s no peeling required and the maple flavors and warm spices taste divine!

Close up of roasted delicata squash on baking sheet.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with mustard & parmesan is tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette and makes a delicious, crunchy side dish.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Lightly spiced and so easy. This simple dish is a total crowd pleaser.


Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with cranberries is a simple side dish recipe that both kids and adults love! They’re crispy, delicious and packed with so much flavor. 

Roasted brussel sprouts in bowl drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with cranberries.

Peach Caprese Salad

This fresh and tangy Peach Caprese Salad features sweet peaches, creamy burrata cheese, and juicy tomatoes. A perfect blend of summery flavors, this simple yet delicious salad is the ideal late summer side dish!

Overhead shot of peach caprese salad on grey plate next to wooden cutting board.

Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad

Beautifully marinated cucumbers drizzled in chili oil is an outstanding vegetarian appetizer you can enjoy for any special occasion! 

Close up of din tai fung cucumber salad on grey plate with chopsticks.

Summer Pasta Salad 

This healthy Summer Pasta Salad recipe may be the best I’ve tried to date! Packed with sauteed zucchini, loads of parmesan cheese, fresh dill and crunchy walnuts.

Pasta salad in bowl on wooden cutting board next to bowl of pepper flakes.

Hawaiian Coleslaw

Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw.

Prepared hawaiian slaw in bowl with heart shaped carrots.

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Especially delicious with grilled salmon, Instant Pot pinto beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version!

Overhead close up of pinto beans in white bowl with spoon.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons

This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons.


Fennel & Chickpea Salad

This Fennel and Chickpea Salad is tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette & topped with parmesan. It’s the perfect make-ahead salad for potlucks or lunches.

Fennel salad with chickpeas in white bowl.

Easy Sauteed Spinach

Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish

Sauteed spinach in white bowl.

Avocado Chickpea Salad

This Avocado Chickpea Salad has all the traditional elements of a great guacamole and makes a healthy, protein and fiber-filled dish. Plus, it comes together easily in just 10 minutes!

Avocado chickpea salad in a large white bowl with serving spoon.

Instant Pot Black Beans

These Instant Pot black beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version!

Top shot of black beans in large white bowl with spoon

Oven Roasted Carrots

Similar to how you’d dress grilled street corn, these delicious tender carrots are topped with lime, crumbled cheese, jalapenos and cilantro. So crazy good! 

Roasted carrots in bowl with spoon.

Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts

Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and covered in a sweet and spicy kung pao sauce. Toss with roasted peanuts and red chilis for a crazy delicious spin on a classic roasted vegetable. 

Right side of gray bowl with kung pao Brussels sprouts garnished with peanuts.

Instant Pot Risotto

Instant Pot Risotto is hands-down the best way to make risotto! It has the signature creamy, rich goodness you expect without all the stirring and fuss of making it on the stove. Plus there are 6 add-in options to make your risotto extra flavorful. 

Risotto in grey bowl next to shards of parmesan cheese.

Kale Caesar Salad

Topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious. 

Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.

Glazed Carrots

This easy, stovetop glazed carrots recipe is the BEST! Lightly sweetened, delicately seasoned and perfectly glazed! These carrots make an amazing side dish that both kids and adults can’t get enough of!

These are the BEST Glazed Carrots! Lightly sweetened, delicately seasoned & perfectly glazed. They make an amazing side dish that both kids & adults love. | platingsandpairings.com

Radicchio Salad

This delicious Radicchio Salad recipe features a creamy lemon-vinaigrette, buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese.

Prepared radicchio salad in grey bowl with serving utensils.

Vinegar Coleslaw

Vinegar Coleslaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayonnaise. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. One of the best side dishes for salmon that’s grilled!

Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts cook up crispy and delicious with minimal oil with the help of your air fryer! Dressed simply with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of salt. Or, add bacon to make them extra delicious!

Over head shot of cooked brussels sprouts in grey bowl with spoon.

Miso Cauliflower

Miso Cauliflower is a delicious and healthy side dish. Cauliflower is tossed in a glaze of miso, soy and red pepper flakes then roasted until perfectly browned and crisp. One of my favorite side dishes for salmon!

Miso roasted cauliflower in grey bowl shot from overhead and garnished with lime wedges.

Grilled Potato Salad

Say bye bye to basic potato salad. This Grilled Potato Salad combines smoky grilled potatoes with a delicious tangy mustard dressing that’s loaded with fresh herbs and salty capers. It’s delicious! 

Overhead close up of bowl of grilled potato salad.

Arugula Salad

This simple salad recipe is one of my go-to side dishes for salmon. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acidity of the vinaigrette.

Overhead shot of arugula salad next to bowl of pine nuts and shaved parmesan.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 

Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.

Shishito Peppers

These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 

Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.

Thai Cucumber Salad

This Thai Cucumber Salad recipe is crunchy, sweet & tangy. It’s a refreshing salad that can be made ahead of time and is perfect for the warm summer months.

Thai Cucumber Salad in grey bowl.

Smashed Brussel Sprouts

These Smashed Brussels Sprouts are flattened so that they become extra crispy when roasted in the oven. Drizzled with the most amazing Lemon Tahini Sauce that’s also amazing drizzled on your salmon.

Overhead shot of smashed brussel sprouts drizzled with lemon tahini dressing.

Apple Slaw

Apple Slaw with Celery Root is an exciting twist on your basic coleslaw. Crisp apples and celery root combine with jalapeno, cilantro & pickled onions.

Side view of Apple Slaw in speckled bowl.

Grilled Broccolini

This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It’s a perfect side dish for salmon.

Platter of grilled broccolini.

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce 

This Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce will seriously knock your socks off. Who knew that veggies could taste so good! Warning: You will want this sauce on everything… even your salmon.

Overhead close up of roasted broccoli drizzled with basil tahini sauce.

Instant Pot Artichokes

Instant Pot Artichokes are quick and easy to make with the help of your electric pressure cooker. Plus, this recipe gives them SO much flavor! Try them with this “Magic” Artichoke Dipping Sauce (that’s also delicious on the salmon).

Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

Shaved Fennel Salad

This Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad comes together quickly and has such a delicious light lemon vinaigrette and wonderful crunch.

Bowl of shaved fennel and celery salad topped with toasted pine nuts and parmesan

Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Salad 

This Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Salad recipe combines pearl couscous with tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs and a light citrus dressing.

This Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Salad recipe combines pearl couscous with tomatoes, cucumber, fresh herbs and a light citrus dressing. It's a perfect make-ahead salad recipe! | platingsandpairings.com


Sunchokes are a knobby root vegetable that can be prepared in more ways than you can imagine! In this recipe, you’ll learn how to roast them with olive oil, garlic, and thyme.

Overhead shot of cooked sunchokes in bowl.

Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

These Stuffed Artichoke Hearts take all the work out of actually stuffing an artichoke. Canned artichoke hearts are arranged in a dish and topped with a “stuffing” of breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic.

Baked artichoke hearts in baking dish after cooking.

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45+ Side Dishes for Salmon

Over 45 best side dishes for salmon for a quick, easy, and healthy lunch or dinner including vegetable side dishes, pastas, potatoes, rice, salads, and more. One of my favorite recipes is this Lemon Pasta!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 pound spaghetti (or other pasta of your choosing)
  • Salt
  • 3 lemons (zested and juiced)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus additional for serving)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil (optional)


  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water (1 tablespoon of salt for every 6 cups of water) until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally. 
  • Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return drained spaghetti to the pot.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, oil, heavy cream, Parmesan, and red pepper flakes in a bowl to combine. Add ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water and whisk to combine.
  • Add lemon sauce to spaghetti in pot; toss until pasta is evenly coated with sauce. Add remaining cooking liquid, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Garnish with lemon zest, chopped basil (if desired) and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


I like to cook my pasta about a minute less than the package directions call for. This ensures that your pasta remains al dente as it’s tossed with with the lemon cream sauce and heated through. 
This creamy lemon pasta will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave, or in a skillet, adding in a splash more water, chicken broth, or cream.
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Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg

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