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.
Lemon, grated cheese, and cooking water make up the remarkably simple sauce for this pasta. Baby fingerling potatoes in different colors look great, but any small boiling potatoes will taste good -- just cut them into quarters if need be.
Perfect for lunch or a light dinner, this delicious salad includes roasted peppers, fresh herbs, and poached salmon, though you can experiment with the vegetables of your choice. Arrange the medley on a large platter, and let your guests serve themselves.