15 Sides for Grilled Salmon

Grilled salmon is a delicious and healthy meal option that is easy to prepare. While the fish itself is flavorful, pairing it with the right sides can take your meal to the next level.

Finding the perfect sides to complement your grilled salmon can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many delicious options to choose from.

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To keep things fresh, I regularly change the sides I serve with salmon. There are countless delicious options for salmon side dishes, offering a lot of variety!

I have compiled a list of my favorite best 15 sides for grilled salmon that are sure to impress your guests or family members. From classic side dishes like roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes to more unique options like quinoa salad and grilled asparagus, there is something for everyone.

Classic Accompaniments

When it comes to grilled salmon, some classic accompaniments never go out of style. Here are a few must-try side dishes that will complement your grilled salmon perfectly.

1- Garlic Butter Asparagus

Asparagus is a classic side dish that pairs well with many main courses, including grilled salmon. To make garlic butter asparagus, simply sauté fresh asparagus spears in a pan with garlic and butter until they are tender. The result is a delicious and flavorful side dish that will make your grilled salmon shine.

parmesan topped asparagus spears arranged on a gold-colored baking sheet.

2- Lemon Herb Rice

Rice is a staple side dish that goes well with many main courses, including grilled salmon. To give your rice a little extra flavor, try making lemon herb rice. Simply cook your rice as you normally would, then add lemon juice, herbs, and butter to give it a fresh and zesty flavor.

These classic accompaniments are sure to impress your guests and make your grilled salmon meal a success.

Herb Lemon Rice Recipe in brown bowl with blue striped napkin

3- Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob is a classic summer delight prepared by grilling fresh corn until it’s tender and slightly charred.

Pairing this corn with grilled salmon makes for a fantastic combination. The sweet, caramelized kernels contrast wonderfully with the savory salmon, creating a flavorful contrast in every bite. The slightly smoky undertones from the grilled corn beautifully complement the grilled salmon.

Delicious Grilled Corn in Close-Up Photography · Free Stock Photo

Healthy Options

When it comes to grilled salmon, having healthy side options is always a good idea. Here are two great options that are not only healthy but also delicious.

4- Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is a great source of protein and fiber, making it a perfect side dish for grilled salmon. To make a quinoa salad, cook quinoa according to package instructions and then mix it with chopped vegetables such as bell peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.

Add some chopped herbs such as parsley and mint for extra flavor. Drizzle with a simple dressing made of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got a healthy and tasty side dish.

Quinoa Salad

5- Steamed Broccoli

Broccoli is a nutrient-dense vegetable that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Steaming broccoli is a great way to preserve its nutrients and keep it crunchy.

To steam broccoli, simply add broccoli florets to a steamer basket and steam for 5-7 minutes until tender. Season with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil for a simple and healthy side dish.

These two healthy side options are perfect for those who want to enjoy a delicious grilled salmon meal without compromising their health.

Freshly Cooked Broccoli on Stainless Pot · Free Stock Photo

6- Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is a classic Italian dish made with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

When paired with grilled salmon, the Caprese Salad offers a delightful contrast. The juicy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, combined with the fragrant basil and olive oil, create a refreshing accompaniment to the rich, smoky flavor of the grilled salmon.

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7- Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts are made from Brussels sprouts that have been trimmed, halved, and tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper.

They are then roasted in the oven until they become tender and caramelized on the edges.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Kumquats | Kelly Sue DeConnick | Flickr

8- Asian Coleslaw

Asian coleslaw is a crunchy salad made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and sometimes other vegetables like bell peppers or snow peas. The dressing typically includes a blend of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and sometimes a hint of sweetness from sugar or honey.

The vibrant flavors of the coleslaw complement the grilled salmon, makes it a perfect well-rounded meal.

Asian Slaw in a salad bowl with Asian Dressing, ready to be served

Starchy Sides

Grilled salmon pairs well with starchy sides that can absorb the flavorful juices from the fish. Here are two delicious options to consider:

9- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

These roasted potatoes are a classic side dish that never goes out of style. The combination of crispy, golden-brown potatoes, and fragrant rosemary is a match made in heaven.

To make them, simply toss diced potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary. Roast in the oven until tender and crispy. Serve alongside grilled salmon for a satisfying and flavorful meal.

mom's rosemary roasted potatoes | kae71463 | Flickr

10- Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

For a low-carb alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, try creamy mashed cauliflower. To make this dish, steam cauliflower until tender, then mash with butter, cream, and your favorite seasonings. The result is a creamy, flavorful side that pairs perfectly with grilled salmon. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in some extra veggies into your meal.

Both of these starchy sides are easy to make and are sure to impress your guests. Serve them alongside grilled salmon for a delicious and satisfying meal.

The Best Creamy Mashed Cauliflower (Low-carb/Keto)

Innovative Pairings

For those who want to try something new and exciting, there are plenty of innovative side dishes that pair perfectly with grilled salmon. Here are two options to consider:

11- Mango Avocado Salsa

Mango and avocado are two fruits that complement each other beautifully, and when combined with some fresh herbs and spices, they make a delicious salsa that pairs perfectly with grilled salmon.

To make this salsa, simply chop up some ripe mango and avocado into small pieces and mix them in a bowl.

Add some chopped cilantro, red onion, and jalapeno pepper for flavor and spice. Then, squeeze in some fresh lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. This salsa is not only delicious but it’s also packed with nutrients like vitamin C and healthy fats.

mango salsa served in a white ceramic bowl with a serving spoon.

12- Cucumber Noodle Salad

For a light and refreshing side dish, try making a cucumber noodle salad. To make this salad, use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to create long, thin strips of cucumber.

Toss the cucumber noodles with some chopped red onion, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs like mint and parsley. Then, make a simple dressing by whisking together some olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. This salad is not only low in calories but also high in fiber and antioxidants.

A bowl of peanut noodles with cucumbers, scallions and peanuts.

13- Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

The Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce is a delightful blend of rice noodles mixed with vibrant veggies like bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers, all coated in a zesty peanut-based dressing.

Pairing this salad with grilled salmon complements the dish superbly. The nutty notes from the peanut sauce harmonize with the rich, flaky texture of the salmon.

14- Mushroom Risotto

15- Pesto Pasta

Pesto pasta is a popular Italian dish consisting of pasta tossed in a flavorful sauce made primarily from fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

Pesto pasta pairs well with various types of meat like grilled chicken, grilled salmon, or shrimp.

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