Different kinds of beans cook at different rates, so it's best to prepare them in separate pans (working in batches if necessary). The salad can be made with just a few types instead of all five, as long as the total amount of dried beans still measures 2 1/2 cups.
Available year-round, these fresh legumes are at their peak from May to October. Use them to add crunch and color to salads and stir-fries. Click through for our best recipes featuring green beans, as well as tips for selecting and storing them.