In this collection of salads--handsomely presented as a buffet--vegetables, grains, yogurt, legumes, and fruit provide sound, balanced nutrition. (Serves 6)
Asparagus and Beet Salad
Sweet Pea Salad with Coconut
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Corn and Zucchini Raita
Bread Basket

Buttermilk Cooler
Mangoes with Pistachios

However, chances are you'll be so attracted to the bright colors, contrasting textures, and play of flavors, you'll never notice.

Game plan: Ready-to-use ingredients and make-ahead steps will ease the cooking demands. Make the asparagus and beet salad and the raita up to a day ahead. The remaining salads and the dessert can be assembled at least 4 hours ahead. Whirl up the buttermilk cooler just before serving. It can be served as the beverage with the meal or as a refreshing aperitif.