Grilled salmon adds a smoky flavor to dinnertime.

Good Foods to Cook With Grilled Salmon

by Shailynn Krow

Grilled salmon packs a lot of flavor and health-boosting nutrients, such as vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Because salmon takes well to a variety of spice rubs, marinades and flavors, it should take no time at all to find the perfect side dish that everyone in the family will love. Choose from a multitude of vegetables and grains to go with your flavorful salmon dinner.

1. Vegetables

Keep your salmon entree healthy or light with a generous side dish of vegetables. Grill vegetables alongside the salmon to reduce the number of dishes you'll have to clean once the meal is over. Serve grilled eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash or asparagus. Oven-roasted vegetables, such as peppers, onions and potatoes, are hearty foods for a fall meal. A fresh salad and grilled salmon are a great pair for a light meal that packs plenty of flavor. Prepare a citrusy spinach salad or go with a classic Caesar.

2. Grains

Grilled salmon pairs nicely with lighter grains. While you certainly can serve fish with a lemon-buttered pasta, the heaviness of the pasta can overtake the lightness of your salmon. Instead, choose orzo, which is a small rice-like pasta that doesn’t fill you up like larger pastas. Or prepare couscous, bulgur wheat or rice, which are filling but light. Prepare these grains with homemade salsas, sauces and glazes.

3. Breads

Grilled salmon isn’t just for lunch or dinner -- skip the bacon and serve salmon for breakfast. Place grilled salmon with dill-spiced scrambled eggs on top of a bagel or English muffin. Or turn the salmon into a sandwich, using an avocado or spinach-based spread, radicchio leaves and a toasted wheat roll.

4. Sushi

Grill salmon and incorporate it into a sushi roll. Fill seaweed -- or nori -- sheets with brown or white sticky rice, grilled salmon, onion, avocado and tomato. Grilled salmon, sticky rice and cucumber inside a seaweed roll is refreshing and light, especially on a hot summer day.

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