Salmon is a delicious and versatile fish that can make for a quick and healthy meal, especially when paired with the right side dish. This list of the best side dishes for salmon pair perfectly with everything from glazed salmon to broiled salmon and pan-seared salmon. This list of 50+ sides for salmon include classic salads and rolls as well as creative vegetable side dishes, pilafs, fruit salads, and more.

We’ve organized the sides dishes below by category in hopes that it will help you pinpoint the exact side dish you’re looking for.

For example, not all salmon recipes need a side salad, like our Salmon Caesar Salad. Instead, pair that with our favorite Nut and Seed Bread or Kaiser Rolls.

And our Lemon Butter Salmon doesn’t need a vegetable, but it could use a fruit salad such as our Savory Citrus Salad.


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Cabbage Salad Recipe
A simple cabbage salad featuring a savory and dressing and loads of fresh herbs. Pair with grilled chicken or salmon for a fresh, healthy and quick anytime dinner.
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Apple Walnut Salad with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette
Enjoy the flavors of fall with this bright and fresh Apple Walnut Salad. Loaded with textures and flavors, this green salad is the perfect side dish for any weeknight meal or Sunday night dinner.
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Butter Lettuce Salad Recipe
Zestful Kitchen's House Salad! This simple butter lettuce salad recipe is bright, delicate and perfect served alongside a simple piece of fish, pasta or soup.
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Simple Caesar Salad
The best Caesar salad recipe is just a whisk and a toss away! Reminiscent of the tableside salads so beloved at steakhouses (so Caesar Cardini of us), this recipe is simple and unfussy, with only the most essential components.
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Simple Fattoush Salad
This herb-packed vegetable salad hailing from Lebanon is the perfect side dish for grilled chicken, fish or any protein of your choice. 
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Garden Salad Recipe
The garden salad is a craveable and nostalgic side dish that’s a classic for a reason. Resemblant of a steakhouse side salad, this garden salad is crisp (all hail iceberg lettuce), refreshing and loaded with texture. Toss with a simple red-wine mustard vinaigrette, dip a chunk of crusty bread in olive oil, and dinner is done. 
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Simple Turkish Shepherd’s Salad with Herbs
A vibrant and fresh vegetable salad loaded with fresh herbs and chunks of feta.
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Simple Radish Salad with Herbs
This simple radish salad with yogurt-dill dressing is crisp, crunchy and perfectly creamy.
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Arugula Pear Salad with Toasted Lemon Vinaigrette
A stunning arugula salad featuring a crunchy nut topping, juicy pears, blue cheese crumbles, and a delicious toasted lemon and pecan vinaigrette.
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Simple Fennel Salad with Lemon
Crunchy, bright and simple, this fennel salad is the perfect side dish for everything from grilled fish and meat to braised dishes and pastas.
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Simple Peach Salad with Sweet Corn & Cucumber
Light and refreshing with a satisfying crunch, this peach salad is the ultimate summer salad! Creamy sweet corn, crunchy cukes, and juicy ripe peaches get tossed with simple flavors that enhance the in-season produce.
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Healthy Carrot Raisin Salad
A simple and delicious take on the classic carrot salad. This recipe swaps the heavy creamy dressing for a light and flavorful infused olive oil vinaigrette. Featuring fresh herby flavors and a crunchy nut topping, this is one side dish people will keep coming back for!
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Super-Green Green Goddess Salad
Our go-to green goddess salad is packed with vibrant vegetables, creamy avocado and a super savory green goddess dressing. 
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Blueberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
This vibrant green salad is bursting with fresh blueberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese and an herby lemon vinaigrette. This is a great go-to salad for any kind of meal!
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Harvest Cobb Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
This chicken cobb salad (which can also be made with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!) is the ultimate fall harvest salad! Featuring dark leafy greens, roasted butternut squash, bacon, pecans, and apples, this salad is hearty, flavorful and full of textures!
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Kale & Cherry Salad with Brie
Cherry and Kale Salad with Brie! Both fresh and dried cherries are used in this flavorful kale salad that’s complete with fresh thyme, pistachios and a delicious white balsamic vinaigrette!
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Creamy Potato Salad (with Sour Cream)
This Sour Cream Potato Salad is a worthy side dish for just about any spring and summer meal. Light, flavorful and easy to make, this herbed potato salad uses less than 10 ingredients, has no mayonnaise, and is an updated take on the classic summer side. 
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Caesar Cauliflower Potato Salad
A healthy potato salad made with a combination of creamy potatoes, cauliflower and a creamy Caesar dressing. Creamy, herby and healthy.
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Savory Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Sage & Garlic
Savory hasselback sweet potatoes featuring creamy, buttery insides, crispy skins, and loads of flavor from garlic and sage. These are simple, stunning and so dang satisfying.
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Savory Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
A creamy and savory sweet potato casserole topped with fried sage leaves and crunchy sourdough croutons.
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Creamy Celery Root & Parsnip Mash
A silky-smooth flavorful alternative to classic mashed potatoes made with celery root, parsnips, and creamy Yukon gold potatoes. 
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Crispy Fingerling Potatoes with Capers & Frico
These roast fingerling potatoes are crispy on the outside and incredibly creamy on the inside. Tossed with capers and frico (cheese crisps), this simple side dish is easy to make and absolutely delicious.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges
Air fryer sweet potato wedges are lightly seasoned with a few ingredients that are pantry staples, and cooked till tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. The perfect healthy alternative to deep fried fries, these are a cinch to make and don’t sacrifice flavor for nutrition.
from Howe We Live
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
A pasta salad that celebrates the tangy and salty flavor of pickles!
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Orzo Salad Recipe
A simple herby orzo salad recipe with crisp asparagus and savory parmesan.
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Saucy Gochujang Noodles Recipe
Crave-worthy asian noodles with a silky smooth gochujang sauce. They’re easy to make, have a punchy heat, and are made with both rice noodles and zoodles. Although you can choose one or the other if you prefer!
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Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
A veggie-filled orzo pasta salad that’s bursting with the fresh flavors of cucumber, parsley, and shallot. Salty feta, briny olives, and fresh oregano round out the flavors. 
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Watermelon Tomato Orzo Salad Recipe
A summer orzo salad that can be served as a side or a light lunch.
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Ginger Scallion Sauce
Ginger Scallion Sauce and rice noodles is inspired by a dish from Momofuku. This simple Asian sauce is delicious tossed with rice noodles, spooned over rice, or served with grilled salmon.
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Healthy Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Savory and bold in flavor, this Healthy Mediterranean Pasta Salad is made with bean or whole-wheat pasta, an oregano vinaigrette, fresh veggies and briny olives. Perfect as a side dish, lunch, or all-in-one meal!
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Browned Butter Garlic Noodles
An easy, and flavorful, pasta side dish that comes together quickly! Make it a meal by adding grilled chicken, roasted salmon or grilled veggies.
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Spicy Ramen Noodles
These spicy ramen noodles are saucy and loaded with the flavors of gochujang, onion, garlic and ginger. Enjoy them on their own or top them with fried tofu, crispy chicken or a fried egg.
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Chorizo Corn Maque Choux
Our Chorizo Corn Maque Choux recipe takes the classic Cajun side dish and turns it up a notch with the addition of Spanish chorizo and crisp asparagus. Every bit is creamy, savory, smoky and ever so slightly spicy. Make it a meal by serving it with pan-seared fish, seafood or chicken.  
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Roasted Delicata Squash with Maple Browned Butter Sauce
Roasted golden-brown slices of delicata squash get drizzled with a maple browned butter sauce with toasted pepitas and a sprinkling os flaky sea salt. A simple side dish full of autumn flavor! 
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Roasted Beets & Carrots with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette
A flavor-packed 10-ingredient side dish! Earthy roasted beets and golden brown roasted carrots get drizzled with a toasted cumin vinaigrette and finished with toasted walnuts and parsley.
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Tahini-Caesar Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Savory roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in a homemade tahini Caesar dressing and finished with crunchy whole-wheat croutons and sunflower seeds. A show-stopping side dish! 
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Simple Celery Salad with Chives & Pecans
A light, fresh and super simple crunchy celery salad! Enjoy as a lunch or serve alongside something savory for a perfectly balanced meal.
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Triple Pea Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese
A vibrant pea salad featuring a tangy vinaigrette, fresh mint and shallot. Piled atop a bed of silky smooth whipped goat cheese, this is one stunning side dish!
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Simple White Bean Salad
This herby white bean salad can fit into any occasion whether you’re serving up a simple lunch at home, in charge of a potluck side, or just need something for quick for dinner.
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Simple Radish Salad with Herbs
This simple radish salad with yogurt-dill dressing is crisp, crunchy and perfectly creamy.
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Asian Brussels Sprouts
These Asian Brussels Sprouts make an amazing appetizer or side dish! Brussels sprouts are roasted crispy in the oven and then coated in a sweet and spicy ginger soy glaze. The addition of Sambal Dipping Sauce takes them over the top!
from Mom's Dinner
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Cauliflower Gratin Recipe
A creamy and cozy cauliflower au gratin. Flavored with Gruyère, Parmesan, and fresh thyme, it’s simple yet spectacular.
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Mexican Cauliflower Rice (aka Spanish Cauliflower Rice)
The combination of juicy tangy tomatoes, perfectly crisp-tender cauliflower shreds, slightly sweet tomato paste, and a mix of spices is absolute harmony in this super savory low-carb side dish. 
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Rolls and Bread

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Japanese Milk Buns (Hokkaido Milk Bread)
Japanese Milk Buns, also known as Japanese Milk Rolls, Hokkaido Milk Bread, or Shokupan are the soft yeasted buns using the Tangzhong method. With a golden brown exterior and fluffy white interior, these buns will become a crowd favorite. I break down the steps to make the process simple for a foolproof bun.
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Healthy Skillet Cornbread Recipe
With 10 ingredients, this moist and healthy cornbread recipe is naturally sweetened with honey, made with olive oil, uses whole wheat flour, and is low in fat. Plus, corn kernels are stirred in for fresh corn flavor and texture!
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Kaiser Rolls Recipe
Homemade deli-style Kaiser Rolls that are tender yet sturdy enough for sandwiches.
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Nut and Seed Grain-Free Bread
Hearty and full of texture, this grain-free bread is unlike anything you’ve probably had before! It makes a great breakfast or snack and can be enjoyed savory or sweet.
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Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls Recipe
Soft, pillowy, and ever-so-slightly sweet, these sweet potato rolls make a great side dish or burger bun.
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Garlic Naan with Garlic Browned Butter
Soft and chewy, this garlic naan recipe is easy to make, delicious, and WAY better than store-bough naan. Serve as a side or use it to make sandwiches, pizzas, and flatbreads.
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Fruit Salads

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Simple Grape Salad Recipe
This 5-ingredient grape salad is bright, full of texture and perfect served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
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Simple Strawberry Salad with Basil
A sweet and tangy fruit salad side dish. In-season strawberries get paired with fresh basil and a very simple and minimal balsamic vinaigrette. Think an elevated fruit salad.
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Savory Citrus Salad with Peanuts
A great go-to side dish for citrus season! Sweet, savory and downright simple!
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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
Easy and healthy Cilantro Lime Brown Rice. A quick and versatile side dish for busy weeknights! Serve with asian meatballs, pan seared shrimp, or scooped into a burrito.
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Wild Rice Stuffing
A modern and healthy stuffing recipe that’s bound for your Thanksgiving dinner! This wild rice side dish is packed with textures and flavors from hearty fresh herbs, dried cranberries, toasted pecans and more!
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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
This healthy Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is a refreshing Middle Eastern side with protein packed gluten-free quinoa, crunchy juicy vegetables, fresh herbs, and zesty lemon juice. Easy to make and so good!
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Middle Eastern Quinoa Salad
A healthy and flavorful side dish loaded with herbs, pistachios, feta and vegetables.
from Fork in the Kitchen
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