A three course meal usually consists of a salad, protein and dessert. An appetizer or soup can be offered in place of the salad during the first course.
A full course meal is defined as a meal that includes three or four courses.
The protein in the second course can be comprised of a variety of meats or seafood. Popular second course meals include prime rib, lobster tail, beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, salmon and stuffed chicken breast.
The first course should be light and not too filling, and it should compliment the second course. Any type of dessert may be served as part of a three course meal.