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What to serve with Salmon? [Moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

I am making dinner for 4 and would like to make Salmon in white wine sauce, does any body have any recommendations as to what I can accompany the salmon with? Potatoes? Rice? Pasta?
As well suggestions on a good appetizer to start with and dessert?

I will be cooking for a chef so I would like to get the pairings right? and hopefully impress!!

THanks for you help!!

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  1. Salmon is a rather flavourful fish, I'd suggest something seasonal, a Vegetable Ragout or roasted veggies perhaps? When I'm making it for the family on a weeknight it's served with roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli... but then you have to "know your audience" and mine are 19mo., 3yrs and 6 yrs. Sorry I don't think I'm being much help... hopefully some of the more seasoned pros will have better ideas... :)

    1. I think it depends on the seasonings of the salmon. If I marinate salmon in an Asian sauce, I'll make a sesame pasta or Asian flavored rice. If it's a more "classic" dish (which may be the case with your white wine sauce), then a rice dish with a comparable herb would be good. Maybe something simple in a French bistro style.
      I also like to pair couscous with salmon.

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      1. re: perk

        OH yeah !!! Dry-ish rice pilaf sided with green beans/garlic/Hoisin sauce. Creme caramel for dessert. Do not forget the champagne & chocolates for the dessert dessert.

      2. My favorite sides for salmon are lentils and sauteed spinach. The flavors and textures play very well together.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          Yes, yes, yes. Why don't more people serve lentils or other legumes with salmon? The first time I had it, I was an instant convert. And you're so right about the spinach! What a perfectly beautiful plate!
          Since then, I've started serving more legumes with fish and found the combination to be so good. Fava beans are especially good with tuna. I had limas with fried grouper at Emeril's Delmonico in New Orleans that was just perfect.

          1. re: MakingSense

            I had a salmon and chickpea dinner at a restaurant in Montreal, they go very well together.

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          1. I serve it with just about anything but potatoes. Most frequently its a rice dish - a lemon broccoli or asparagus risotto, an herbed rice pilaf, or something along those lines. If I do a pasta, its usually something fairly light in sauce with perhaps some veggies for color. Then I add a veggie of some sort - love roasted veggies.