May 24, 2013

Rhubarb Recipe Round Up

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been making a lot of rhubarb recipes lately in an attempt to use up the abundance of rhubarb that my parents grow in their backyard every year. 

Since I'm always on the lookout for new recipes and ideas to use it up, I thought it might be helpful to share a round-up of some of the rhubarb recipes that I've made, plus some extra links for recipes that I've bookmarked to try next!


For Mothers Day this year, my sister and I made this seasonal overnight baked french toast casserole with strawberries and rhubarb from Two Peas and Their Pod. This is not traditional french toast, but more like a bread pudding with cubes of bread studded with lots of fruit and topped with a light layer of crumble. We all enjoyed this as a special breakfast treat!

Even though hot porridge seems more like a winter breakfast to me, it actually works really well to add rhubarb to your morning oats for a hearty and healthy breakfast. I made this recipe from Eating Well, which was really easy - just cook some rhubarb on the stove in the same pot as your oats, and let it sit until it thickens up like porridge. A sprinkle of toasted nuts and brown sugar on top completed the bowl perfectly!

Of course, you can't go wrong with a fresh batch of rhubarb muffins for breakfast! I haven't made any this year, but last year's rhubarb loaf/muffins with a strawberry jam swirl and crumble topping were so good that I might have to recreate them again soon!

Other Breakfast Rhubarb Recipes from Around the Web:
Vegan Rhubarb Coffee Cake from Vegan Latina
Vegan Rhubarb Coconut Scones from The Food Voyager
Rhubarb and Strawberry Whipped Porridge from Scandi Foodie
Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie from Virtually Vegan Mama
Yogurt Parfait with Vanilla-Rhubarb Compote from Saveur
Vegan & Gluten-Free Strawberry-Rhubarb Pancakes from Fork & Beans

Savory Recipes

This past weekend, I used rhubarb in two different savory recipes: an appetizer and a salad. First, I made this chipotle rhubarb salsa from Naturally Ella as an appetizer for a family BBQ we had on Sunday. To make the salsa, you simmer some onions and rhubarb on the stovetop until the rhubarb breaks down fully, and add a dose of chipotle powder and paprika for a spicy, smoky flavour. I served this warm with tortilla chips and it made for an interesting and tasty twist on the usual tomato based salsa.

I also tried eating it chilled the next day as a topping for some crackers with brie cheese, and I really enjoyed it that way too!

If you missed my last post, this was the salad that I came up with as a way to incorporate rhubarb into dinner. I used canned lentils to speed things up, and tossed them with softened rhubarb, raisins, arugula and goat cheese, with a simple vinaigrette. I loved the tangy-ness of this salad and thought it was the perfect side dish to eat with my veggie burger!

Other Savory Rhubarb Recipes from Around the Web:
Beet and Rhubarb Salad from Yotam Ottolenghi
Indian Spiced Lentils with Spinach and Rhubarb from Vegetarian Times
Tofu with a Zesty Rhubarb Sauce from the taste space
Rhubarb and Chipotle Goat Cheese Pizza by Joanne Bruno, as seen on Marcus Samuelsson
Brie, Rhubarb and Green Peppercorn Crostini from Sunset Magazine


Last but definitely not least are a couple of rhubarb desserts that I made this past weekend. First, I made these vegan strawberry-rhubarb crumble squares from Vegetarian Times. They tasted like rhubarb crisp but in portable bar form, and I thought they had the perfect ratio of filling to crust and crumble. I also liked the hint of orange flavour from the addition of orange juice and zest!

Finally, we finished off our BBQ meal with these strawberry-rhubarb fools that I made using another recipe from Vegetarian Times. I just changed the blackberries in the recipe to strawberries and add a handful of crushed graham crackers as a topping.  This was the perfect cool treat to end our meal on a hot day, and I loved the addition of vanilla yogurt to lighten them up instead of using all cream. Even though we were all pretty full from dinner, we still polished off our desserts since they were so good!

Other Rhubarb Dessert Recipes from Around the Web:
Vegan Rhubarb Lemon Bars from Vegan Nom Noms
Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie from Post Punk Kitchen
Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies from Southern Living
Apple Rhubarb Crisp from Closet Cooking
Vegan Double Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes from Fragrant Vanilla Cake
Rhubarb & Strawberry Ripple FroYo from Green Kitchen Stories
Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet from Elly Says Opa


  1. Great list. I remember my great rhubarb experiments of years yonder. That rhubarb sauce is very good. I don't know if you eat eggs, but this was sa good dish, too:

    I tried to grow rhubarb last year but it died. Sad face. :(

    1. Thanks for sharing the extra links! I tend not to eat eggs anymore (unless they're baked or mixed into something else), but I love the idea of combining rhubarb with earl grey tea! You've definitely done a lot of experimenting with using rhubarb in new ways...too bad you weren't able to grow your own!

  2. Oh, I also forgot.. this was one of my favourite recipes, too:

  3. Great collection of recipes - I especially liked the crumble bars and yogurt fools, both were light and delicious!

    1. Thanks! Glad to share some of them with you :)

  4. thank you for this! i have been wanting to try rhubarb in a savory recipe and now i have some to choose from!

    1. Glad to help! I still can't believe you haven't tried rhubarb, so hopefully you'll get a chance to try it this year!

  5. Thanks for the round-up--now if I could just get my rhubarb to grow! :D Those muffins look fantastic!

  6. Absolute reference point, this roundup! Thank you a MILLION! The lentil and rhubarb salad - I am DYING to try. The lentils reminded me of wheatberries in the picture, so that's an option too. And since I like my lentils a bit al dente, the salad would be amazing with lentils de puy! YUMMIES. Excellent idea. As Julia Child said, "Never excuse yourself for your recipes" (that was for you telling your parents "this is an experimental salad" (but I understand, I do the same, just have to remember Julia)) & the best things always come up when we think we've done a mistake. :)

    1. Glad you found the round-up useful! I hope you get a chance to try the salad, I think you'll like it...I'm not a huge fan of wheatberries myself, but I think they would work in this recipe too. And thanks for the tip - you're right, it's better to serve a dish with confidence!

  7. Ooo now I have a rhubarb craving, thanks for the link to my blog! :-)

  8. This rhubarb yogurt fool is definitely a go-to summer dessert. Love the strawberries and especially the rhubarb. So great!

  9. This is definitely a go-to summer dessert. Love the rhubarb. So great!

  10. Made this weekend with fresh picked rhubarb. It was delicious! Great recipe. Will make again! Thank you.

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