Clean Plates Team
Rhubarb. It looks weird, it has weird rules (don’t eat the leaves!), it even sounds weird. But if you haven’t yet embraced this tart vegetable, the time is now. And while it’s best known as strawberries’ sidekick in pie, there’s a whole world of rhubarb recipes out there.
But, First: What to Know (and Love) About Rhubarb
Rhubarb is rich in many nutrients, especially vitamin K, which is considered protective for brain health and essential for bones and blood. When shopping, you’ll find both green and red stalks. Both are good, but the red ones have more vitamin A, which is important for vision and a healthy immune system.
Red stalks are also somewhat sweeter. Note the “somewhat”; even the sweeter stalks are mouth-puckeringly tart. In our books, that tartness is another plus for rhubarb. Whether you turn it into a dessert, drink or sauce, it lends a truly unique flavor; sour, sure, but with undertones of ripe berry and citrus.
7 Delicious Rhubarb Recipes to Make Right Now
1. Rhubarb Almond Flour Muffins from Heartbeet Kitchen
Things we love about these muffins: They’re made with almond flour and oat flour and sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup, they lean into the tartness of rhubarb on its own, and they take just 25 minutes to bake.
2. Rhubarb Granita from Saveur
This frozen treat puts the spotlight on the famous pair, rhubarb and strawberries, without much else to distract you. Feel free to experiment with the type of sweetener and the amount to get the right balance of sweet and sour.
3. Paleo Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp from Pinch of Yum
This modern spin on a classic dessert is almost healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
4. Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette from The View from Great Island
We can’t decide which is more genius: the tart rhubarb vinaigrette or this entertaining idea.
5. Rhubarb and Lentil Curry from Jenny Chandler
Who says rhubarb only good for dessert? Put this spring vegetable to work lending a splash of color and brightness to a healthy vegetarian entrée.
6. Rhubarb-Fennel Fizz from The Year in Food
Fennel and herby gin join in for a sophisticated and refreshing cocktail that will knock the socks off your guests.
7. Roasted Spiced Rhubarb with Dates and Yogurt from Bon Appetit
Your yogurt bowl has been waiting for this sweet and savory upgrade.