If you’re wondering what to serve with your smoked salmon, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for smoked salmon.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with smoked salmon are arugula salad, lemon pasta, homemade bagels, cucumber sandwiches, and white asparagus. For more unique options, try seasoned Japanese rice, Greek quinoa salad, or a tropical mango salsa. You can also use the smoked salmon to make sushi.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
This arugula salad is a mainstay in my weekly meal rotation.
It’s super simple to make, with the recipe calling for just six ingredients.
But the combination of peppery arugula with salty Parmigiano and a rich, tart balsamic vinegar really hits the spot.
Enjoy this salad on the side of a smoked salmon and eggs breakfast, or toss thinly sliced smoked salmon into the salad for a light lunch.
Why we love this recipe: you can have it in the table in less than 10 minutes.
The classic version of this dish (eggs Benedict) features poached eggs propped over Canadian bacon on English muffins, and then the whole thing is smothered with hollandaise sauce.
But if you swap the ham for smoked salmon… you create eggs royale.
I love the salty contrast of the salmon with the rich, buttery sauce.
Pair this elegant brunch with a flute of mimosa for the ultimate treat.
Why we love this recipe: it’s Insta-worthy.
Okay – hear me out. Cucumber sandwiches can be FANTASTIC.
The key is to cover both slices of bread with the zesty cream cheese mixture. That way the bread is protected from the cucumber and won’t turn soggy.
Add some smoked salmon and you have a tasty, fresh lunch.
Why we love this recipe: the ingredients are all mostly pantry staples.
Swedish dill potatoes
Take a page from Swedish cuisine and whip up these dill potatoes to go with your smoked salmon.
This dish involves tossing boiled new potatoes in a rich, creamy dill sauce.
It may look simple, but don’t count it out – the fresh dill brings an herby, tangy twist that pairs brilliantly with some smoked salmon.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Homemade everything bagels
Crisp, chewy bagels are the ultimate pairing for smoked salmon.
You could of course get some from your local grocery store or bakery, but it’s actually pretty easy to make these yourself from scratch.
The secret to the irresistible texture is boiling the dough for a few minutes before baking it (yes, really!).
Why we love this recipe: it will make your kitchen smell like a bakery.
This isn’t technically a side, but I wanted to show a fun and tasty way to use smoked salmon.
These sushi rolls may not be authentically Japanese, but they’re absolutely delicious.
And they’re a great way to introduce sushi to your less adventurous guests.
This recipe has step-by-step visuals to guide you in rolling, but you can also turn this into a sushi hand roll if you prefer.
Want more sides for sushi – check out my suggestions here.
Why we love this recipe: these won’t last long on the table.
I love simple pasta dishes like this pasta al limone.
The lemon flavor really shines through leaving you with a bright, creamy, addicting pasta sauce.
Pro tip: because there’s not many ingredients, you need to make sure the ones you do have are high quality.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for all occasions – from weeknight dinner to date nights.
Greek quinoa salad
Want a healthy and hearty side dish for your smoked salmon? You can’t go wrong with Greek quinoa salad.
It’s packed with crisp, juicy veggies and chewy, protein-rich quinoa that’ll help keep you full without weighing you down.
Then everything is tied together with a garlicky Greek dressing that’ll make your taste buds buzz.
Why we love this recipe: it’s excellent for packed lunches.
Leek and potato soup (topper)
Smoked salmon is usually paired with light, fresh dishes.
But what if you’re craving something warm and comforting?
Look no further than leek and potato soup.
This classic French dish turns cheap ingredients into something truly delicious. And for a fancy twist, top the soup with some smoked salmon.
Why we love this recipe: a sip feels like a warm hug.
Go for a tropical vibe with mango salsa.
The mango will bring a vibrant pop of color to the plate, and its fruity sweetness is well balanced out by sharp onions and spicy jalapenos.
Crown your smoked salmon with this gorgeous salsa for a summer treat.
Why we love this recipe: it’ll transport you straight to the beach.
Seasoned Japanese rice
Skip the plain old steamed rice and try this jazzed-up version instead.
Adding ingredients like scallions and sesame oil to the rice takes it from a very average side to super moreish.
But the main ingredient is furikake, which adds crunch and is packed full of umami.
Top this seasoned rice with chopped smoked salmon and sriracha mayo for a one-bowl meal.
Why we love this recipe: you can use the rice as a base for whatever proteins or veggies you like.
Green beans with yuzu vinaigrette
The key to perfect green beans is to not overcook them.
Overcooked green beans are limp, soggy, and a horrible murky color. You want crisp, bright green beans.
Admittedly green beans aren’t the most exciting vegetable, so this recipe tosses them in a yuzu vinaigrette to give them a citrusy bite.
Why we love this recipe: a serving only clocks in at 46 calories.
Baked hash brown cups
Everyone loves hash browns, which makes them a solid choice for your brunch menu.
Making hash browns usually involves lots of oil and frying, but these handy treats are baked instead – meaning they’re easy to cook and healthier.
And they’re freezer friendly so you can make them well ahead of time.
Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.6 rating from 209 reviews.
White asparagus with hollandaise
White asparagus is grown underground, so they never turn green and stay a milky white.
They also have a more delicate flavor profile with a hint of bitterness that goes nicely with a classic hollandaise.
All it needs is a topping of smoked salmon to complete the meal.
Psst… can’t find white asparagus? The green stuff will be fine too.
Why we love this recipe: it’s restaurant-worthy.
Grilled vegetable platter
Not a fan of the typical raw veggie trays? Cook the vegetables over a grill instead.
The high heat from the grill draws out the vegetable’s natural sugars and gives them a delectable smokiness.
Complete this veggie platter with some smoked salmon and a cooling tzatziki dip. YUM.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great centerpiece for a party.
The best side dishes to serve with smoked salmon
- Arugula salad
- Eggs royale
- Cucumber sandwiches
- Swedish dill potatoes
- Homemade everything bagels
- Philadelphia rolls
- Lemon pasta
- Greek quinoa salad
- Leek and potato soup (topper)
- Mango salsa
- Seasoned Japanese rice
- Green beans with yuzu vinaigrette
- Baked hash brown cups
- White asparagus with hollandaise
- Grilled vegetable platter
What To Serve With Smoked Salmon
- 1 portion smoked salmon
- Prepare your smoked salmon according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: arugula salad, eggs royale, cucumber sandwiches, Swedish dill potatoes, homemade everything bagels, philadelphia rolls, lemon pasta, Greek quinoa salad, leek and potato soup (topper), mango salsa, seasoned Japanese rice, green beans with yuzu vinaigrette, baked hash brown cups, white asparagus with hollandaise, and grilled vegetable platter.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!