How to mix and match flavors

Most great sandwiches have one thing in common: elements that contrast with each other in flavor or texture like a rivalry. Think of a BLT: chewy bacon has to share the stage with crisp lettuce; creamy mayo gets slapped around by tart tomato. When building a sandwich, make sure everything between the bread has a frenemy that balances it. Got something fatty? Add something acidic or fresh. Something salty? Add sweet. Crunch should go up against something soft. Whatever the ingredients, they need a little tough love. Use this chart as a guide. Add to it as you try new ingredients.

Salty
Good olives
Capers
Soy sauce

Sweet
Jam
Apple slices
Honey

Chewy
Thick bacon
Melted mozzarella
Roasted mushrooms

Crisp
Cold lettuce
Potato chips
Fried onions

Fatty
Mayo
Garlic butter
Fried eggs

Fresh
Tomato
Shaved radishes
Hot sauce