Get the best salmon side dishes in this complete recipe collection! You’ll find 25+ sides to go with salmon, with quick and easy options for every occasion.

Salmon is such a protein-packed, filling dinner that the whole family will love. But what can you serve with it? Don’t let the side dish become an afterthought!

These side dishes for salmon are easy to make, with minimal ingredients and hands-on time. Every recipe you need is right here in one spot!

Lemon pepper salmon on a white platter.
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Salmon is a versatile, filling protein that is packed with wholesome goodness! Full of good stuff like vitamins and low on saturated fat, it’s always a dinner success story.

If you’re making salmon for dinner, you’ll want to plan a side dish to help take it to the next level. From pasta to roasted or sautéed veggies, potatoes and more, these recipes are perfect to complement your main dish.

Good Side Dishes for Salmon

Salmon is such a healthy and nutritious way to get more protein into your diet, and it’s a dish that our whole family has grown to love. Our lemon pepper salmon is always a hit, and it serves up so simply with a wide variety of side dishes.

We’ll often serve salmon with simple side salads or roasted veggies – it’s rich, flaky and tender, which makes it more delicious with every bite you take. It helps us create a nutritionally balanced meal that is low in both carbs and calories.

Salmon can be served in so many ways! Try it over rice, serve it in tortillas to make tacos or wraps, or alongside pasta or potato side dishes, too.

We’re even sharing the recipe card for one of our easiest, light and wholesome pasta dishes that makes a perfect salmon side dish.

A collage showcasing four salmon side dishes: salad, baked sweet potato, pasta with herbs, and green beans.


  • Serve a delicious and clean side salad alongside your salmon! It’s low in carbs and calories, created a healthy wholesome meal.
  • Feeding a group with a variety of dietary needs? Choose 2-3 sides from this round-up to cover all your bases.
  • Looking for a chilled make-ahead side dish? Don’t skip my best pasta salad recipes in this complete guide.
  • White wine (like a full-bodied Chardonnay) tends to serve beautifully with salmon.
  • Don’t forget dessert! Find all my favorite dessert recipes here.
Lemon pepper salmon on a white platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best vegetable to serve with salmon?

Salmon serves beautifully with a wide variety of veggies! The answer to this question might lie in the seasoning your using – if you choose a citrusy lemon pepper seasoning, for example, go with fresh asparagus or peas.

Is salmon good for you?

Yes! Salmon is an excellent choice for a protein-packed entrée. It’s loaded with nutrients and yet low in saturated fat.

A plate of pasta garnished with cheese shavings and fresh herbs, accompanied by an ornate gold fork, perfect as a side dish to salmon.

25 Amazing Salmon Side Dishes

Pour a glass of your favorite chardonnay, and serve a delicious dinner with one of these awesome salmon side dishes!

Click through on each for the printable recipe card, and at the end of this collection, we’re sharing our incredible light and easy lemon pasta pasta recipe.

Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This roasted beet salad is not only gorgeous to serve, it’s more delicious with each and every bite! Loaded with incredibly tender roasted root veggies, it’s a restaurant level salad you’re going to absolutely crave!  Read More

1 hr

Italian Salad, St. Louis Style

Classic Italian Salad

A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style. Mix up this delicious, memorable salad with fresh and flavorful Italian Dressing in less than 10 minutes! This Italian Salad is filled with crisp lettuce, red onion, artichokes, pimentos and grated parmesan to ensure each bite is perfectly covered in Italian Salad Dressing. Read More

5 mins

Arugula Salad

Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

An easy and refreshing recipe for an arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette. This simple salad is so perfect for the warmer weather, and is perfect to serve as a simple side or appetizer.  Read More

5 mins

Apple Salad

Apple Salad Recipe

This is a fresh, crunchy Apple Salad that is full of flavor! It’s a sweet and savory Apple Salad Recipe with butter lettuce and wholesome ingredients. Read More

5 mins

Insalta Mista

Insalata Mista

A light and refreshing classic Insalata Mista with shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts tossed in a delcious balsamic vinaigrette. This mixed salad goes great with just about every entree! Read More

5 mins

Spring Mixed Salad

Spring Mix Salad

This spring mix berry salad is the perfect crowd-pleasing salad for holiday gatherings and spring and summer barbecues. It’s an easy way to upgrade a bag of spring mix salad, and it’s beautiful to serve, too. Read More

10 mins

Seasoned Green Beans

Seasoned Green Beans

If your family is anything like mine, green beans are one of the easiest veggies to get the kids to eat. These seasoned green beans are crispy yet tender, full of vibrant seasoning blends, and so easy to throw together.  Read More

10 mins

Baked Artichoke Hearts

Baked Artichoke Hearts

Baked Artichoke is one of the easiest side dishes and ways to get your veggies in! These roasted artichoke are so delicious on its own or tossed into a salad. It’s not only delicious, but a good source of fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin K! Read More

17 mins

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

You don’t need to have an outdoor grill to make some incredible grilled sweet corn! Cooked on the stovetop in a skillet, this grilled corn on the cob is made with just two ingredients. Read More

10 mins

Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans

Meet your new favorite healthy summer side dish! These grilled green beans are perfectly crisp, yet tender and charred just the right amount. They are the best accompaniment to any of your favorite grilled or baked entrees.  Read More

13 mins

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This sweet and salty roasted sweet potatoes recipe makes an easy crowd-pleasing side dish. No one can resist these sweet potatoes with brown sugar! Read More

55 mins

Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted Mushrooms

Easy roasted mushrooms make a wholesome, delicious appetizer or side dish. These garlic mushrooms take just five minutes hands on time!  Read More

25 mins

Brussel Sprouts

The Best Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe

This Crispy Brussel Sprouts recipe is bursting with flavor!  Brussel Sprouts are sautéed with pancetta and shallots for a delicious side dish that will leave your family begging for more.  Read More


Italian Roasted Veggies

Italian Vegetables

Served with your favorite dinner entrees, Italian Vegetables are seasoned to perfection. Italian Roasted Vegetables are simple and beautiful!  Read More

30 mins

Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

A delicious classic side dish with a twist! No one will know that these aren’t starch heavy mashed potatoes! This mashed cauliflower is incredibly creamy and flavorful. Read More

25 mins

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

These quick and easy grilled sweet potatoes in foil make an excellent side dish for all your favorite barbeque entrees! They are healthy, savory and so easy to customize to every individual’s tastes. Read More

1 hr 3 mins

Gratin Daupinois

Gratin Dauphinois

Sure to impress your dinner guests, this potatoes dauphinois recipe is easy enough for a weeknight but delightfully special for the holidays.  Read More

1 hr 15 mins

Baked Potatoes on the Grill

Grilled Baked Potatoes

These grilled baked potatoes are such an incredible side dish for all your summer grilling adventures! Baked potatoes on the grill are so much better than your oven – they have a perfectly moist, soft and fluffy interior but are incredibly crispy and salty on the outside. Read More

1 hr 5 mins

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Mashed Potatoes

Smashed Red Potatoes

Baked Fries

Oven Baked Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries are a fun and easy twist on french fries that are full of irresistible flavor! A drizzle of truffle oil and a sprinkling of Parmesan, parsley, and sea salt make these oven-baked fries absolutely heavenly!  Read More

40 mins

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

You can whip up this amazing pesto pasta recipe in minutes! Make a quick and easy fresh pesto sauce for your pasta, or take a pantry shortcut using jarred pesto.  Read More

18 mins

Lemon Pepper Pasta

Lemon Pepper Sauce

There’s nothing quite as vibrant, summery and flavorful as lemon pepper sauce! This is a fast and easy lemon pepper pasta that is truly unforgettable- filled with a perfectly balanced soft essence of lemon flavor. Read More

10 mins

White Wine Lemon Caper Pasta

White Wine Lemon Caper Sauce

This is a white wine lemon caper sauce that’s ready in 10 minutes and works with a variety of protein and pasta dishes. Crisp, citrusy, creamy and fragrant, you’ll want to serve it all summer long! Read More

10 mins

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

This is an incredibly simple five ingredient garlic parmesan sauce that you can add to pasta, wings, and so much more. Use it to dip your favorite pizza crust and bread, or simply drizzle it over anything where you want a burst of garlicky zest. Read More

5 mins

White Wine Sauce for Pasta

Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli Pasta

This amazing Broccoli Pasta is a one-pot wonder made with just 6 ingredients in minutes! Use staples, fresh or frozen ingredients to whip up this delicious dish. Read More

15 mins

And last but certainly not least, here’s our light and delicious lemon basil pasta recipe. It’s the perfect way to round out a wholesome meal, and I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

A plate of pasta and salmon side dishes, garnished with shredded cheese and basil, accompanied by a gold fork.
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25 Side Dishes for Salmon: Make this White Wine Lemon Basil Pasta

This easy lemon basil pasta recipe is quick enough for a weeknight dinner, but tastes special enough for date night! It’s on the table in 15 minutes, and it serves beautifully as a main dish or a side dish – especially with seafood.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
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  • 3 tablespoons butter salted
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup fresh basil sliced thin
  • ½ cup parmesan freshly grated
  • 16 ounces pasta
  • fresh cracked salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a pot of salty water to a boil. Prepare pasta al dente. Reserve a little warm pasta water in case you'd like to thin the sauce out a bit later.
    16 ounces pasta
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic. Reduce to medium low heat sauteeing for just 1-2 minutes.
    3 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Add lemon juice and cooking wine, and stir until warm.
    ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup white wine
  • Gently toss the sauce with warm drained pasta.
  • Top with parmesan, basil, and big cracks of salt and pepper from a grinder.
    ¼ cup fresh basil, ½ cup parmesan, fresh cracked salt and pepper

Julie’s Tips

  • Add Red Pepper Flakes with Butter and Garlic for a Little Heat
  • How to Store – Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. Top with fresh basil just before serving. 
Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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