Simplify your holiday entertaining with this boldly flavored mix-and-match menu. Start with a flaky savory tart—perfect with a glass of sparkling wine—and then choose one salad, one main dish, and one side dish from the recipes here. Each takes less than 45 minutes to prepare, and while the main dish is in the oven, the side dish comes together on the stove. To minimize last-minute stress, you can bake the pastry for the tart, make the salad dressing, and get as many of the other ingredients as you like prepped (section the grapefruit for the arugula and radicchio salad, for example) well before your guests arrive.
Mix-and-match menu ideas
Arugula & Radicchio Salad with Ruby Grapefruit & Toasted Almonds
Sautéed Spinach with Shallots
Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Pesto & Goat Cheese
Frisée Salad with Blue Cheese, Dried Cherries & Walnut Vinaigrette
Orange-Scented Rice Pilaf with Fennel
Rack of Lamb with Herb & Olive Crust