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What To Serve With Salmon Wellington – 13 Best Side Dishes

This article was updated on the 18th of August 2023 for clarity and freshness.

If you’re wondering what to serve with your salmon wellington, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for salmon wellington (also known as salmon en croute).

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with salmon wellington are kale salad, roasted asparagus, ratatouille, and smashed potatoes. Try couscous, chopped Asian salad, mashed carrots and parsnips, or broccoli slaw for healthier options. You can also serve rice pilaf, orzo stuffed peppers, or green bean bundles.

For each side dish, I’ve provided alternative options to cater to various diets and lifestyles, including vegan, quick and easy, and health-conscious options.


Salmon wellington is a decadent main dish, but pairing it with starchy sides is the way to go if you’re looking to indulge. Just a heads up, though – you might need a nap after this meal.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

5.0 ⭐️ (17 ratings) | 50 mins

These smashed potatoes are a step above your usual potato side dish. They’re ultra crispy and fluffy, with an added flavor bonus – a refreshing and bright gremolata. 

It’s a vibrant green mixture made with parsley, lemon, and garlic. This gives the spuds a zesty kick that helps offset the richness of your wellington.

The potatoes also look super cool on the plate.

What the chef says…

“Instead of boiling the potatoes, you can cut the time by pre-cooking the potatoes in the microwave for 3-4 minutes on high (pierce them first so they don’t burst).”

Smashed Fingerling Potatoes
🧘‍♀️ Garlic Roasted Parsnips
😇 Baked Jicama Fries

Veggie Rice Pilaf

5.0 ⭐️ (6 ratings) | 20 mins

For a truly filling meal, pair your salmon wellington with a serving of this rice pilaf.

One Lovely Life adds chopped zucchini and carrots to this pilaf for a bit of color and extra nutrition. But the biggest game-changer for this recipe is cooking the rice in broth, which adds so much flavor right off the bat.

It’s really straightforward to make too because everything is cooked in one pot.

Pro-tip: for best results, use basmati or any long-grained rice.

What readers are saying…

“Lovely pilaf recipe. We’ve been using it since I found it…It’s a perfect, healthy alternative to the usual suspects. And hella flavourful to boot.”

The best Pilaf Recipe ever!! My daughter loved it too and celery adds so much Flavor!! Thank you so much! Definitely my favorite from now!!”

Instant Pot Rice Pilaf
🌿 Herbed Lemon Quinoa
🌱 Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Orzo Stuffed Peppers

4.3 ⭐️ (327 ratings) | 30 mins

This gorgeous side dish involves roasted peppers stuffed with a Greek-style orzo mixture. Then everything is topped off with fresh and zesty marinated tomatoes.

The resulting dish has the perfect mix of sweet, savory, and citrus notes. And it works for any time of year.

Psst… leftovers are great for the next day’s lunch.

What readers are saying…

“I have made these stuffed Orzo peppers twice now. They really are completely delicious, and simple to prepare, but good enough to prepare for friends coming over.”

“Quick and easy!! These were so simple to make and absolutely delicious to eat. I skipped the olives but the lemony basil tomatoes were the best way to top it off.”

🍋 Lemon Butter Orzo
🇮🇹 Spaghetti aglio e olio

Mediterranean Couscous

4.9 ⭐️ (774 ratings) | 30 mins

Craving something light yet filling? Why not give this Mediterranean couscous a try? 

Couscous cooks quicker than white rice and is generally a healthier alternative. Plus, this couscous dish is packed with fresh, colorful vegetables that go superbly with salmon.

But the most important element of this dish is its herby lemon dressing because it ties everything together and undercuts the fatty salmon.

What readers are saying…

“This recipe was AMAZING! It was the perfect balance of tang, salt, sweet, and sour. The crisp cucumber, pop of couscous, juicy tomatoes, crunchy red peppers, and soft feta made for the perfect dance in my mouth. The lemon in the dressing and added fresh herbs made the whole thing taste so light, fresh, and vibrant!”

“Absolutely delicious. Easy to substitute some ingredients to change it up. The dressing is perfect!”

🍂 Roasted Butternut Squash and Couscous Salad
Roasted Vegetable Couscous


Vegetable sides are a great way to add color, texture, and nutrients to your salmon wellington meal. And they can provide a burst of freshness.

Roasted Asparagus

5.0 ⭐️ (5 ratings) | 15 mins

Salmon wellington for breakfast? Why not? Pair your wellington with asparagus and hollandaise for a fancy brunch meal. 

Steaming asparagus is the standard practice for this dish, but roasting them takes the whole meal up a notch. It adds a nice smoky sweetness to the dish.

And for an extra kick of flavor, mix a pinch of cayenne pepper into the sauce.

What readers are saying…

“Such a perfect side dish for spring and summer.”

Perfect side dish for a nice spring dinner! Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies!

Very yummy and makes a great addition to any meal.”

🔥 Lemon and Feta Grilled Asparagus
🍄 Sauteed Asparagus and Mushrooms
🥗 Greek Asparagus Salad


5.0 ⭐️ (55 ratings) | 1 hr

Add a delicious French touch to your salmon wellington with a serving of this classic ratatouille.

You might think this dish will be heavy because it’s a stew, but the acidity of the tomatoes keeps the richness in check. Just remember to be patient with this dish – sauteing the veggies in batches seems tedious, but it’ll give the stew a deeper flavor profile and make sure nothing turns to mush.

What readers are saying…

“I come from Provence and this is the first time that I see a genuine Ratatouille recipe on an English-speaking website!! Well done, the recipe is on point!!!”

“This is an excellent ratatouille! Doing the veg separately really makes a difference. I skipped the olives and added an extra 1/3 tsp salt with the basil.”

This recipe was so delicious and so healthy. My two toddlers kept saying “mmm….yummy!” throughout the whole meal.”

🇮🇹 Eggplant Caponata
🌻 Summer Gratin

Green Bean Bundles

5.0 ⭐️ (11 ratings) | 50 mins

French green beans are one of the classic vegetables that pair well with salmon wellington. But if you find them too plain, jazz them up by wrapping them in streaky bacon. 

And don’t stress about your green beans turning limp and soggy. This recipe recommends you blanch the green beans before wrapping them in bacon. It’s an extra step, but it ensures the bacon crisps up and the beans are perfectly crisp-tender after baking.

What readers are saying…

“I made these for the first time tonight and they are delicious! Definitely making more to take to Thanksgiving dinner! They got two thumbs up from my family!”

“Beautiful presentation, and wonderful blend of ingredients.”

😇 Lemony Steamed Green Beans
🌞 Green Bean Salad with Lemon and Dill
🌽 Herb-Buttered Corn and Green Beans

Mashed Carrots and Parsnips

4.9 ⭐️ (23 ratings) | 50 mins

Want mashed potatoes with your salmon wellington but watching your calories? These mashed carrots and parsnips are a perfect alternative that won’t weigh you down.

It has an irresistible sweet and nutty flavor that’ll leave you wanting more. And the addition of orange juice and zest brings a light citrusy kick that rounds out the flavor of this mash (and gives it a festive feel).

But the best part? It’s completely dairy-free.

What readers are saying…

“I am not used to eating parsnips. I wanted to incorporate them in my meals but their flavor would stand out too much for my taste. Then, I found this recipe and I love it. I have made it several times already.

“I love this veggie combo, and I used to feed it to my girls when they were little too so they love it as well! Thanks for the reminder of such a beautiful simple side dish for dinner!”

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
😇 Parsnip Puree
🥗 French Carrot Salad

Pesto Zoodles

5.0 ⭐️ (46 ratings) | 10 mins

These pesto zoodles are the perfect addition to your salmon wellington meal.

They have fewer carbs than pasta but boast a similar al dente bite. And the vibrant pesto’s zesty notes also pair like a dream with your rich, buttery salmon.

You can use store-bought pesto if you’re in a rush, but this recipe includes instructions for a homemade version that’ll only add a couple of minutes to making this dish.

What readers are saying…

“Absolutely delicious!”

“Looks and sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it.”

“I sautéed the zucchini noodles in oil for 2 minutes. I also doubled the spinach and garlic with good results. The lemon adds so much, don’t skip it.”

Pesto Zoodles
🧄 Zoodles Aglio e Olio
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Salads are an easy way to add a light component to your indulgent salmon wellington. A simple mix of leafy greens and your go-to vinaigrette will get the job done, but adding fruits and toasted nuts is an easy way to elevate a salad.

Kale Salad

4.9 ⭐️ (83 ratings) | 10 mins

You can’t go wrong with pairing your salmon wellington with this salad.

It looks simple, but it’s packed with so much flavor because the dressing has been massaged into the kale leaves instead of just being tossed.

And if that’s not enough, the salad is finished off with a generous sprinkling of parmesan and crushed croutons, making each bite extra crunchy.

What readers are saying…

“This was so dang good. I ate it while doing the happy dance in the kitchen.

“Something weird just happened…. my husband went for seconds 😦 I know you don’t know him so let me just say… this is a big deal!”

“That crispy parm crumble on top totally MAKES this salad. <3”

🥗 Kale and Apple Salad
🔥 Sauteed Kale with Lemon and Garlic

Asian Chopped Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (52 ratings) | 10 mins

Add a colorful and tasty Asian twist to your wellington with a side of this Asian-style chopped salad.

It’s loaded with crunchy veggies that add a fresh contrast to your wellington. And it boasts a sesame ginger dressing that infuses the veg with a nutty, zippy flavor making an excellent palate cleanser.

Pro-tip: don’t limit yourself – this salad is very customizable. You can go crazy and add other elements like crushed ramen noodles, nuts, or other veggies.

What readers are saying…

“Really tasty. I used Newman’s sesame ginger dressing. I substituted baby cucumbers for the snap peas and I added wonton strips…”

“Making this salad ahead of time and not adding the dressing until you are ready to serve is the key to keeping it crunchy!”

“This salad is Delicious!!! Instead of a head of each type of cabbage I just used bagged pre-cut and sliced Cole Slaw mix. I also used Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing instead of the recipe.
Even my non-salad loving son liked it.”

🥗 Crunchy Asian Salad
🇮🇹 Everyday Italian Salad

Broccoli Slaw

4.5 ⭐️ (2 ratings) | 15 mins

Tired of the leafy greens? Switch things up and whip up this broccoli slaw instead.

It is an excellent way to use up an entire head of broccoli – yes, stem included! And when combined with the other veggies, you still get that satisfying crunch you would with regular slaws.

Recipe creator Kristine uses mayo for this slaw’s dressing, but I prefer going with Greek yogurt to keep things light.

What readers are saying…

“My husband does not like coleslaw, doesn’t really like creamy dressings at all but he does love his broccoli so when he found this recipe (he’s trying to eat healthier) and asked if I could help him make it, I was a little surprised. Well, we’ve made it at least 3 times now and to me, it tastes a lot like coleslaw but he likes it (probably a nice change from green salads too) so thanks for sharing.

🌱 Dairy-free Apple Cider Vinegar Slaw
🥒 Cucumber Jicama Slaw
🍏 Crunchy Apple Coleslaw

Shirazi Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (6 ratings) | 20 mins

Fancy trying something new? This Shirazi salad has Persian roots.

It features a combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and lots of fresh herbs tossed in a lime vinaigrette. The ingredients are cheap and easy to get, but this is a totally different way of serving them.

Psst… the trick with this salad is to let it rest for about 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and develop better.

What readers are saying…

“This tomato cucumber salad looks so light and refreshing and will be perfect with any meal.

“I love everything about this salad! So many fresh flavors and spices!

“This was so good – so light but SO flavorful!!

🇬🇷 Greek Salad
🌾 Quinoa Cucumber Salad

What To Serve With Salmon Wellington – 13 Best Side Dishes

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your salmon wellington.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Keyword: salmon wellington side dishes, what to serve with salmon wellington
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 241kcal


  • 1 portion crispy smashed potatoes,
  • 1 portion veggie rice pilaf
  • 1 portion orzo stuffed peppers
  • 1 portion mashed carrots and parsnips
  • 1 portion broccoli slaw
  • 1 portion ratatouille … and more


  • Prepare your salmon wellington according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: crispy smashed potatoes, kale salad, roasted asparagus with hollandaise, ratatouille, green bean bundles, veggie rice pilaf, Asian chopped salad, mashed carrots and parsnips, broccoli slaw, orzo stuffed peppers, and Mediterranean couscous.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 241kcal

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