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45 Speedy Side Hustles to go with Your Salmon Dinner

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Fatty, flavorful, and forgiving, salmon is a fish that can do it all—simultaneously tasting rich and indulgent, as well as nutritious and healthy. Whether it’s grilled, roasted, poached, smoked, or pan-fried, salmon is a delicious crowd-pleaser. But a solo filet of salmon is kind of sad. It needs grains or greens or silky noodles for some side dish support.

There’s really not much that salmon won’t go with. But the best side dishes not only support the main, but also won’t distract you with fussy, lengthy recipes. So go ahead and focus on your teriyaki marinade or herb-y rub. We have 45 easy-breezy sides that will be ready for your salmon in half an hour (or less).

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Eat Your Greens

Blackberry Farm's Zucchini Caesar Salad with Cheese Crisps
Blackberry Farm's Zucchini Caesar Salad with Cheese Crisps
Tahini Roasted Broccoli

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Grace Young's Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce

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Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts

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Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey

Wilted Escarole with Feta, Walnuts, and Honey by Brooklyn Salt

Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing
Sesame Peanut Cucumber Salad
Sesame Peanut Cucumber Salad
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing by dymnyno

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pe... by Merrill Stubbs

Seaweed Salad with Kale and Cucumber
Seaweed Salad with Kale and Cucumber
Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins
Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins
Zesty and Zippy Tangled Collards

Zesty and Zippy Tangled Collards by hardlikearmour

Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad

Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pine... by Genius Recipes

Carrot Avocado Salad

Carrot Avocado Salad by Merrill Stubbs

Radicchio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Capers

Radicchio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Capers by Melina Hammer

Okonomiyaki (Savory Japanese Cabbage Pancake)
Okonomiyaki (Savory Japanese Cabbage Pancake)

Going with the Grain

Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame Dressing
Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame Dressing
Risi e Bisi

Risi e Bisi by Merrill Stubbs

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice by Genius Recipes

Herb, Feta, and Quinoa-Filled Frittata
Herb, Feta, and Quinoa-Filled Frittata
Citrus Olive Couscous

Citrus Olive Couscous by vegetarianirvana

Vegetarian Carrot Fried Brown Rice

Vegetarian Carrot Fried Brown Rice by Erin (Naturally Ella)

Couscous, Fennel, Mint, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Couscous, Fennel, Mint, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Okra Seed Couscous Salad
Okra Seed Couscous Salad

Noodle Around

Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta by TheWimpyVegetarian

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad by MollyandBrandon

Sauteed Spring Mushrooms, Chiles + Cilantro in Caramelized Coconut Broth

Sauteed Spring Mushrooms, Chiles + Cilantro in Caramelize... by CarolineWright

Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta

Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and F... by Sarah Fioritto

Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta

Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta by Flirty Foodie

Dawn Perry's Soba Salad with Cucumbers, Soft Tofu & Quick Chile Oil

Dawn Perry's Soba Salad with Cucumbers, Soft Tofu & Quick... by Sarah Jampel

Hot (and cold) Potato!

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns
Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns
Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory by fiveandspice

Creamy Vegan Avocado Potato Salad

Creamy Vegan Avocado Potato Salad by Gena Hamshaw

Instant Potato Gnocchi
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Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad

Yes-We-Can-Have-Sweet Potatoes-for-Dinner Salad by Nicholas Day

Warm Vegetable Curry

Warm Vegetable Curry by meganvt01

A Legume to stand on

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts by Genius Recipes

White Bean with Cucumber and Sumac Salad

White Bean with Cucumber and Sumac Salad by Daniel Shumski

Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma
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White Bean Salad with Tarragon

White Bean Salad with Tarragon by Marian Bull

Spicy, Creamy Chickpeas & Spinach (Chana Saag-ish)

Spicy, Creamy Chickpeas & Spinach (Chana Saag-ish) by Sarah Jampel

Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino

Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & P... by Sara Jenkins

Chopped Kitchen Sink Salad with Yogurt Dressing & Bottarga

Chopped Kitchen Sink Salad with Yogurt Dressing & Bottarga by Sara Jenkins

Green Bean "Casserole"
Green Bean "Casserole"
Roast Squash & Chickpea Salad with Orange-Tahini Dressing
Roast Squash & Chickpea Salad with Orange-Tahini Dressing

Tell us your best salmon sides—or favorite way to eat the fish—in the comments below!


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