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May 31, 2008 05:40 PM

Interesting Carb side for Grilled Salmon

I am stumped as to a new and interesting carb side for grilled salmon. The traditional is some kind of rice dish but I would like to do something a little different. I have ideas for the veggies but not the carb. Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. What ideas do you have for vegetables? I often serve it without carbs - just with a yogurt/cucumber/dill sauce and a salad. I think potatoes are wonderful with salmon - particularly if you can get new potatoes. Though, I was told at the farmer's market in NYC today not to expect them until July. Maybe potato galettes?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I will be having this dinner in early July (Calgary) and will probably grill veggies in season. That would mean perhaps green beans, baby carrots, peppers. I love this mint pesto sauce that I tried as a rub with the salmon. It was outstanding. I don't think the yogurt/cucumber/dill would work with that. But new potatoes. I had not thought of baby potatoes with salmon. And if they are not in season yet, then a potato galette would be nice. My salad idea was Caprese with buffalo mozarella. There should be some nice tomatoes, I hope. Maybe it is a bit early for tomatoes. Perhaps I should have an interesting green salad?

      1. re: sarah galvin

        grilled potenta would make a good colour contrast. you could make the polenta with flecks of peppers or other things for interest

    2. Bulgur. It's easier to cook than white rice (because it's cracked wheat that's already partially cooked and then redried) and has more fiber and flavor than brown rice. If you want to add spices and some chopped dried apricots or something like that and garnish with finely minced parsley, all the better.

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      1. re: Karl S

        I have rarely cooked bulghur. Would it work with some nice fresh herbs?

        1. re: sarah galvin

          Yes. Anything you'd use in rice can be used in bulgur.

      2. When we grill salmon we keep things simple simple simple. If it's a nice piece of fish it should be the a result we tend to keep sides very simple as well. Sometimes new potatoes with butter and dill. Sometimes a tomato and cucumber salad. Last night we had some green beans tossed with a mustard vinaigrette and hazelnuts. Often we'll grill some corn.

        For guests I like to make a potato salad of purple fingerlings, green beans, lemon zest, olive oil and fresh herbs. Pretty and simple.

        1. I too often serve salmon without carbs. It's asparagus season.... lovely with salmon in any incarnation. Sautéed spinach or other greens are a good fit as well. If you do need a carb how about garlic bread????

          1. Couscous, instant variety. Use chicken broth, with chopped green onion for color and flavor.