Summer is in full force, which means our gardens, and local farmer’s markets are blessed with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. One of our seasonal favorites is none other than the tart but delicious rhubarb.
Did you know that rhubarb is actually a vegetable? You wouldn’t think so considering how amazingly well it goes in all sorts of desserts. There’s a reason why strawberry-rhubarb pies are such a summer classic. Rhubarb brings the perfect tartness to balance out the sugary overload in desserts. Curious about how you can include other veggies in sweets? Check out Veggies for Dessert? You Bet! How to Use Vegetables to Make Sweet Desserts.
If you’re unfamiliar with this amazing plant, check out our guide All About Rhubarb: How to Select, Prepare, and Store It. We also have great Tips for Using Rhubarb for Dessert if that’s something that interests you. Rhubarb is not only good for treats though; it makes a great addition to savory dishes.
Whether you like savory or sweet, get in the kitchen and try out any of these 22 creative rhubarb recipes. We promise you won’t regret it!
This Rhubarb Lentil Soup recipe artfully combines the savory, hearty aspects of lentils with the sweet and tangy qualities of rhubarb into one stellar soup. It’s the perfect soup to sip while you watch a summer storm or a spring shower. And the best part is that it’s incredibly easy to make.
These pan-seared, plant-based “scallops” served with quick-pickled rhubarb, sliced avocado, cucumber, and edamame, are the perfect starter for any party. The key to vegan scallops are King Mushrooms. When you slice the stems into rounds, they look exactly like scallops. They even have that slightly rubbery bite that you get with scallops. You could serve this on a platter or in individual portions on spoons. Either way, this King Mushroom “Scallops” is an elegant starter for your next party.
Half of what makes a great dish is an excellent sauce. This Rhubarb BBQ Sauce is tart, savory, and can be applied to a range of dishes. Marinate jackfruit in this sauce for a super flavorful, vegan pulled pork sandwich. You can also eat it on its own, it’s that good!
Many of you may have heard of shrubs popping up at trendy bars and cocktail lounges and wondered, ‘What the heck is a shrub?’ A shrub is a drinking vinegar; it’s an age-old method of preserving your fruits and vegetables. This particular shrub uses the tangy sourness of rhubarb and the perfumed spice of ginger to create a shrub that has hints of honey, a slight tang of vinegar, and is incredibly drinkable. You can enjoy this Rhubarb and Ginger Shrub Drinking Vinegar as is or cut it with a bit of soda water or tap water.
Granita is a Sicilian delicacy that’s extremely popular in the hotter months during the summer so needless to say – this semi-frozen beverage is very refreshing. This particular Rhubarb Granitas is made from tart rhubarb, lemons, and a bit of sugar birch to counteract the sourness of the rhubarb.
Introducing the tastiest, jammiest, most crumble-topping-est (just go with it), sweet dessert bar ever. Who can resist the wonderful sour taste of rhubarb? Especially when balanced with the sugary sweetness of raspberry and coconut. The crisp and crumbly texture of these mouth-watering Raspberry Rhubarb Coconut Crumble Bars makes them the perfect fit for a sweet tooth’s breakfast, a mid-day pick-me-up snack, or dessert!
This Roasted Rhubarb Vanilla Cream Pie is healthy and light, yet super satisfying. Set on a cashew, almond, and date crust, the vanilla bean layer has a hint of coconut, and the rhubarb takes on a sweeter taste after the natural sugars are caramelized. Delish!
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This Rustic Cherry Rhubarb Galette is the perfect way to celebrate the summer fruit that’s available to us during the warm season. The tartness of the rhubarb is balanced by the sweet, ripe cherries and then the filling is wrapped in a crumbly galette crust and baked until it’s golden brown and bubbling.
This elegant Rhubarb and Lemon Layer Cake is perfect for a special occasion. The light, fluffy sponge cake is layered with a creamy rhubarb filling and then finished with a simple frosting. It is a stunning way to finish any meal. Believe us, you won’t regret trying this scrumptious cake!
This sweet Rhubarb Fennel Bread With Pecans is moist and hearty with the perfect hint of fennel. It will fill you up like a perfect snack should, or is a delight for breakfast. The topping is kind of like a streusel, but healthier for you and just a little bit tart from the rhubarb and sweet from the cinnamon and pecans. Not to mention that between the oats, buckwheat, and rhubarb, not only is the bread gluten-free, but it’s a great source of fiber.
It’s a pie, it’s a cheesecake – it’s both! This silky-smooth Raw Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Pie confection is somewhere in between a pie and a cheesecake. The nutty, crumbly crust is held together by a sweet, sticky date paste and then topped with a luxurious cashew, strawberry, and rhubarb cream and chilled until it’s firm. This is a wonderful way to finish off a warm summer night.
Rhubarb pie is said to be one of the signature dishes in the Swedish island-province of Gotland. This particular Swedish Rhubarb Crumble is sweet and tangy with a delicious crunchy crumble. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream, vanilla custard or vanilla flavored vegan whip and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer dessert.
These Roasted Rhubarb Granola Muffins are delicious and easy to make. The rhubarb, roasted in coconut sugar, softens and sweetens but retains a sharpness that perfectly complements the sweet, moist texture of the muffins. Granola replaces the traditional streusel topping to make these muffins the perfect weekend baking treat.
Nothing says “classic” like a strawberry rhubarb pie — especially a strawberry rhubarb pie with a lattice crust. This Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is the kind of pie you’d expect to see cooling on a windowsill. A brush of coconut cream helps the sprinkling of demerara sugar stick to the crust, giving the top of the pie a golden brown sparkle.
This Raw Strawberry Rhubarb Crispy Cream Cake is sweet, tart, rich, crispy, and creamy, totally dreamy. The base is a decadently delicious buckwheat crispy crust that is chewy and sweet with just a touch of vanilla and then it’s topped with two layers of a luxurious cashew cream and fresh rhubarb and strawberries that have been tossed in lemon juice. It’s the fanciest rice crispy treat you’ll ever taste.
These Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Pies are adorable! Delicious filling and simple coconut oil crust make this classic dessert irresistible!
This Rhubarb Champagne Cake is just plain fancy. The almond sponge cakes is layered with a rhubarb and champagne compote, stuffed with coconut cream, and finished with a canided rhubarb latice.
These Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins are little bites of happiness! They are packed with fiber and protein because of the almond flour!
This Rhubarb and Orange Rose Tart is simply stunning! The rhubarb is arranged like a rose, with thin strips of rhubarb arranged delicately inside the buckwheat crust, and the tartness of the rhubarb works so well with the sweetness of the marmalade.
These Strawberry-Rhubarb-Coconut Pops are frozen and so fun! Strawberries and rhubarb are a match made in heaven, and here they are swirled together with coconut cream in this delightful frozen treat!
Look at this gourmet Strawberry Rhubarb and Coconut Panna Cotta! The tart taste combined with the sweetness of strawberries and smoothness of coconut will become your everything!
This Rhubarb, Rose Water, and Lime Sorbet is perfect for a refreshing summer treat! Plus it only has five ingredients so it’s super simple to make!
Want more scrumptious summer dessert recipes? Check out these 10 Fresh and Delicious No-Bake Vegan Pies to Make This Summer, 15 Fruity, Refreshing Summer Desserts That Remind Us of Cocktails, and these 15 Bright, Fresh, Lemony, and Dairy-Free Desserts For Summer.
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