Some Interesting Side Dishes
While the main dish is the centerpiece of a meal, side dishes can compliment that dish and turn a meal into a memorable experience. Side dishes can also make interesting snacks, or can stand up as a lite meal on their own.
Often side dishes and appetizers are the same things, just usually not at the same meal. At a barbecue, a salad may be a side dish, but at a more formal meal, it may be served ahead as its own course. So, just because these are listed as side dishes, don't let that limit your thinking when you are preparing a menu for a meal. If you feel your meal would be better served with one of these items as its own course before the main course or between other major course, go ahead.