Whether you are looking for a crowd-pleasing dish to bring to the next neighborhood barbecue or just want something light and healthy on a warm summer evening, there is no better combination than a fresh summer salad and some delicious fish! 

Summer is such a great time to try out new recipes as many of us slow down and try to recharge during the longer daylight summer months. For many of us, vacation is just days away or that neighborhood party where you want to bring just the right dish to impress. 

Here are three ideas for summer salads from the traditional to the not so traditional, you can add fish to not only add protein to the salad but some seriously awesome nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. 

The Traditional Salad

The tried and true Caesar salad has proven itself as one of the best side dishes for fish you can create. The crunchy cool mix of romaine lettuce combined with freshly grated parmesan cheese and creamy Caesar dressing is always the perfect side to a grilled filet of salmon, tuna, or halibut. 

Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli Salad 

If you love fish and broccoli, this is the salad for you. A squeeze of lemon is always a delight when grilling or frying fish, but add that distinct flavor to parmesan roasted broccoli and you have quite the unique combination of flavors! 

Start by cutting up your broccoli florets into small pieces and place them evenly on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with as much parmesan cheese as your heart desires and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You will be amazed at how well this goes with your fish filet. 

corn and bean salad

Corn & Bean Salad 

A salad of black beans and fresh corn is full of different flavors and textures. It has a bit of sweet and salty mixed in this the possibility of making it a great side dish to go with meats or fish. It could also serve as a salad bed for the same types of proteins. 

If you are going for a Mexican-themed dish this may end up being your go-to recipe that can keep your guests raving about your flavor combinations. Add cilantro and avocado to add even more depth of flavors! 

This recipe is fairly simple. While you are grilling your filet of fish whether it’s tilapia or salmon or another cut of fish, combine your strained black beans and corn in a bowl. Mix with avocados and freshly cut cilantro. Add a spritz of lime or a lemon-lime dressing of your choice and viola your salad or side dish is ready to go before your fish is even off the grill.