Salmon doesn’t need a lot of fluff for it to taste great. It’s a versatile fish that can go well with anything. We’ve created a list of vegetables that go well with salmon as a guide for you to enjoy this special fish.
There’s not a lot of literature written about how amazing seafood is in general. Seafood, although not always readily available and quite an acquired taste to most, is prized and loved by those who appreciate it.
One of the most common seafood items that you’ll find on most menus is salmon. Salmon is a fatty fish rich in healthy protein. We can go on and on telling you why we love salmon but it boils down to 2 reasons.
Salmon is very nutritious. It is an excellent choice for high-quality protein because it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. This also promotes weight loss because it keeps you full for a longer period of time. This means that you wouldn’t be inclined to snack a couple of hours later.
Salmon is simply delicious. Salmon is quite versatile and it tastes good regardless of the way it is cooked. It goes with anything you can think of whether it be a grazing board, salad, soup, sandwich, or main entree. Salmon is very easy to love because unlike other kinds of fish, it’s not as fishy and it doesn’t require too much fluff for it to be amazing.
Since we’ve established how much we like salmon, let’s go into what would taste great with it. We mentioned earlier that salmon goes well with just about anything. We’ve created a list of vegetables that taste amazing with salmon.
To us, asparagus is like the salmon of vegetables. It’s a versatile kind of vegetable green that basically goes well with anything and everything. Asparagus has a very mild taste and you can easily dress it up with other ingredients if you want to make it extra.
However, you can also retain its flavor by simply cooking it in butter and a little bit of garlic. With asparagus, just like salmon, you can grill it, broil it, blanch it, saute it, and roast it. Asparagus can be easily served with just about any way a salmon is prepared.
2. French Beans
French beans are a very delicious vegetable option that we truly love. It’s slightly vegetal in flavor with a hint of fresh sweetness. We love the mild flavor of this vegetable and how versatile it is. Versatile vegetables go best with salmon. We want the sides to be as all-around as the protein is.
We love roasting our French beans with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. French beans go so well with baked salmon. You can easily throw it in the tray of the salmon to cook all together. It’s perfect to add a spritz of lemon after or add a slice of lemon in the tray while baking.
Potatoes are another adaptable vegetable that is high in starch. It’s mostly considered as the carbohydrate of a meal but it’s also considered as a gentleman vegetable side dish. There’s so much you can do with potatoes. You can either roast, mash, grill, or fry it. Potatoes mix in so well with other kinds of vegetables as well. A delicious potato salad goes well with any kind of salmon dish.
4. Brussels Sprouts
Not everyone loves a good dish of brussels sprouts and it’s alright. Brussels sprouts are often bitter, nutty, and sweet. However, the flavor of brussels sprouts will vary according to how you prepare them.
There are plenty of ways to prepare a good dish of brussels sprouts. Our favorite is glazing them in balsamic vinegar and roasting. This kind of brussels sprouts side dish would go deliciously well with grilled salmon cooked medium-rare.
Carrots have an earthy and sweet flavor that wins the hearts of all. We don’t know anyone who doesn’t like carrots. We’re sure there are some people out there who don’t but in general, carrots are appreciated by most. It’s one of the first foods that you can serve to babies and even they love it.
Carrots can be prepared in different ways. You can mix it with other kinds of vegetables or simply roast the carrots in a delicious glaze. Carrots can go well with any kind of salmon from baked, poached, to grilled.
6. Green Peas
Green peas are very common in the west. It is often served as a side dish to many kinds of mains whether it is meat or seafood. Green peas taste sweet, plump, and a little starchy. Peas are oven poached but if you’re looking into something more extra, you can cook your peas in butter or bake the peas.
Green peas taste great with almost any kind of salmon but we love it with honey mustard flavored salmon. The honey mustard taste soaks up the peas and it just intertwines with the natural sweetness of the peas so well.
Broccoli is another wondrous fruit perfect with all kinds of protein. We love its overall look, being that it looks like a mini tree. The florets look very nice and taste great in just about any kind of cuisine. There’s also so much you can do with broccoli. One of our favorite ways to prepare it is to turn it into a broccoli cheese casserole. This tastes great with poached salmon fillets.
Cucumber is mostly water. It’s refreshing and it absorbs a lot of foreign flavors surrounding it. Our most favorite way to prepare it is to pickle it. The sour and sweet taste of pickled cucumber and its is thinly sliced, goes so well with more Asian-forward salmon dishes like salmon teriyaki. The acidity of the pickled cucumber balances the sweetness and fattiness of the salmon teriyaki.
Another very delicious cucumber and salmon combination would be fresh cucumber and raw salmon. It’s a great balancing act in a sushi roll.
9. Wild Mushrooms
You can never go wrong with sauteed wild mushrooms in anything! You can add it to salads, sandwiches, soups, and main entrees. Sauteed wild mushrooms is a dish packed with so much umami that it shines through any dish. It doesn’t overwhelm a dish but it surely complements anything. We love creating a fresh salad mix with sauteed wild mushrooms and adding smoked salmon bits to it.
10. Mixed Lettuce Leaves
A side salad is always an easy choice when it comes to creating side dishes for any kind of protein. Mixed lettuce leaves are a mixture of mild flavors. These lettuce leaves create a refreshing characteristic to any meal and we love the freshness added to a fatty fish like salmon.