Beat the Heat with The Kitchen's Best Cool-Down Dishes and Drinks

From a refreshingly simple quinoa salad to an icy bourbon cocktail, conquer the dog days of summer with these refreshing recipes.

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Chicken Nicoise Salad

In place of the usual tuna, GZ opts for hearty shredded chicken to beef up this quick-fix salad with olives and French-style green beans.

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Jicama Slaw

Consider this no-cook slaw your back-packet side dish when you have little time to prep: It comes together in just 10 minutes. Simply combine grated jicama, shredded red cabbage and bright-green scallions. For a dressing, stick to the basics with a sweet, tangy combination of honey and lime juice.

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Raspberry-Lime Gin and Tonic

This cool sipper is as pretty as it is refreshing.

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Blueberry Pie Milkshake

Katie Lee puts a leftover slice of blueberry pie right into the blender with ice cream and milk. The result is this decadent milkshake worthy of a special summer night.

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Rum Punch

If you have five minutes, then you're set to prepare Geoffrey Zakarian's simple-to-make cocktail. He mixes up a refreshing and ruby-red Watermelon Puree to stir into the rum and citrus juices before pouring the cocktail into chilled glasses for extra cool-down effect.

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Green Grape and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Ready to eat in only 20 quick minutes, Katie Lee's salad is filling, thanks to star ingredient quinoa's boost of protein, though not heavy. Juicy grapes and cool cucumber provide a welcome refreshing bite, while diced avocado promises a creamy richness.

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GZ Long Island Iced Tea

In true Long Island iced tea fashion, there's no shortage of liquors in Geoffrey's thirst-quenching sipper. Vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec pack a boozy punch, while rose champagne balances the flavor with a fizzy texture.

Get the Recipe: GZ Long Island Iced Tea

Bourbon Slush

Don't let the total time required to make this recipe scare you; part of the process is letting the bourbon mixture freeze overnight. Bonus: This cocktail feeds a crowd, so you can make it once and feed everyone at your party.

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Mango Lassi Ice Pops

No matter the pinch of cardamom in these sunny-yellow pops, they're plenty chilly and refreshing. Katie uses paper cups to freeze these treats on a stick, so you don't have to worry about buying special molds.

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Dragon Fruit Margarita

Look for frozen packets of pitaya (aka dragon fruit!) to form the base of these tequila-spiked margaritas.

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Grilled Seasonal Salad with Avocado Dressing

Thanks to the addition of juicy fresh berries, Jeff Mauro's easy-to-make salad is refreshing and cool, while charred veggies like corn and red cabbage offer subtle smokiness.

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Watermelon Shandy

This even looks like a party! To prevent the beer-lemonade mixture from getting watered down by traditional ice cubes, The Kitchen co-hosts make watermelon ice cubes, which will gently flavor the drink as they melt.

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Frozen Lemon Cream Pie

Boasting a buttery graham cracker crust and a sweet lemony filling, Katie's showstopping dessert is finished with a whimsical topping of fluffy whipped cream.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Save the marshmallows for winter. Instead, top this chilly chocolate treat with a mound of whipped cream.

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Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

Instead of sitting down to a hefty meal of Asian-style pork chops, enjoy Katie's hoisin-laced meat as an eat-with-your-hands appetizer by building quick-fix cups out of Bibb lettuce. Perhaps the best part is that this party staple can be ready to serve in only 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

Sangria Fruit Salad

You know how after drinking sangria there's often a few pieces of drunken fruit left in the bottom of the glass? Katie's boozy salad is just like that, and yep — you're going to love it.

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Quick Chilled Carrot Soup

It's all about the beauty of the blender in Sunny Anderson's simple soup. She lets the machine whirl together frozen carrots, creme fraiche for richness and a squeeze of maple syrup for subtle sweetness before refrigerating the mixture until serving.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Quick Chilled Carrot Soup

Blueberry Yogurt Pops

If you have blueberry preserves and Greek yogurt on hand, then you're ready to make these good-for-you frozen treats. Like Katie's lassi pops, these call for paper cups to mold the mixture while freezing.

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Icy Orange Cosmo

GZ swaps out the cranberry juice you'd find in a traditional Cosmopolitan for fresh blood orange juice. For an easy yet elegant garnish, stick with a bright lemon twist.

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Choco Cherry-Stout Ice Cream Float

This isn't the ice cream float you're used to. Jeff turns the timeless treat into an adults-only indulgence by using stout beer in place of a fizzy soda and, for even more decadence, serving it with whiskey-spiked cherries on top.

Get the Recipe: Choco Cherry-Stout Ice Cream Float

Albacore Tuna with Celery and Walnuts

Not a fan of traditional tuna salad? No worries, because GZ's version is made sans mayo, making it a healthy alternative to the classic recipe. Instead of a creamy concoction, he opts for a bright vinaigrette and dresses up the tuna with briny capers and crunchy walnuts.

Get the Recipe: Albacore Tuna with Celery and Walnuts

Coffee and Fudge Semifreddo

In Italian, semifreddo translates to "semi-frozen." So when you freeze this coffee-flavored cream mixture in a loaf pan, it'll be easier and softer to cut, which makes for simple serving.

Get the Recipe: Coffee and Fudge Semifreddo

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