As good as the main course is, sometimes, it's even better when enjoyed with at least one side dish. The side dish can be anything, really. So long as the serving is small and it is not the main dish, it qualifies as a side dish. But, often, a side dish refers to a small portion of a vegetable salad or it can be starch in the form of rice, noodles or bread. My personal favorites include mango and tomato salsa, mashed roasted squash and Japanese cucumber salad.