The best menus are a balance between texture, temperature, color, and flavors. When you are planning a dinner party or just thinking about what to have for supper, always consider those four factors.
For instance, if you are serving a hot chicken casserole that is made with cheese and sautéed vegetables, pair it with a cool crisp green salad tossed with crunchy croutons and bright cherry tomatoes. A sizzling steak should be served with a cool fruit salad and some crisp oven fries. A steaming soup is delicious paired with crisp breadsticks and savory muffins.
These menus are meant to be suggestions, not rules. Have fun pairing different foods and don’t be afraid to experiment!