It’s spring, and that means rhubarb. This tart pink stalk that looks shockingly similar to celery pairs well with berries, dairy, and pastries of all sorts. See what kind of rhubarb sweets you can look forward to this season:
1. Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote
Chow’s simple recipe for strawberry rhubarb compote takes little time and offers a big bang of taste. Rhubarb, strawberries, orange juice, and just a hint of lemongrass make for a compote that is sweet enough for sandwiches but elegant enough for a panna cotta topping. Get our Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote recipe.
2. Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Perk up your iced tea the seasonal way with this fuchsia hued syrup. It’s sweet and fruity – fantastic drizzled over goat cheese or mixed into club soda and your favorite clear spirit for a fruity cocktail. Get our Rhubarb Simple Syrup recipe.
3. Rhubarb Swirl Ice Pops
There’s no better way to cool down than with a homemade ice pop, and these have all the right stuff. Tangy-sweet rhubarb, super creamy coconut milk, and plenty of fragrant vanilla beans. Plus, these are vegan! Get the recipe here.
4. Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop Tarts
These pop tarts are so sweet, flaky, and tasty that no one will ever believe that they are vegan. With homemade whole grain pastry dough, fresh fruit, and raw sugar in the recipe, these are so healthy that you won’t even believe that they are also tasty. Don’t worry, we’ll keep the healthy part a secret. Get the recipe here.
5. Rhubarb meringue tart
Sometimes, dessert requires something a little more refined than a homespun pie. For that occasion, turn to these delicate individual tarts. Tangy rhubarb curd, sticky, fluffy meringue and a classic short crust pastry dough make this a recipe that will become a standard in your repertoire. Ideal with your favorite digestif as a light summer dessert. Get the recipe here.
6. Orange Basil Rhubarb Oatmeal
Because why should oatmeal get the maple shaft? It’s time to mix up your morning routine with this elegant take on porridge. It’s a breeze to make and tastes so complex – tart rhubarb, sweet sugar, tangy orange and sharp basil. It’s savory, it’s sweet, and it’s definitely not the same old, same old. Get the recipe here.
7. Rhubarb Surprise Cookies
This after school snack is equally delicious as a mid-morning work break. These light and chewy oatmeal cookies are stock full of rhubarb, which makes a nice change from the classic raisin addition. Use two to make a vanilla ice cream sandwich. Get the recipe here.
8. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Sometimes the classic is the best. This flaky pie made rhubarb a star. Sweet strawberries, tart rhubarb, and a sugary, flaky crust is the perfect combination of tastes and textures. Top it with homemade whipped cream or enjoy it it for breakfast with a cup of coffee. Get the recipe here.
9. Vegan Rhubarb Cheesecake
All of the decadence of cheesecake with none of the dairy. This is all prepared with creamy cashew filling, coconut milk whipped cream, and a sweet-tart rhubarb topping. It’s perfect for vegans or people who are lactose intolerant. Or just anyone who loves sweets. Get the recipe here.
10. Chocolate and Rhubarb Brownies
Want to make anything better? Just add chocolate. These chocolate and rhubarb brownies are moist, chocolatey, and have a dose of tart rhubarb to break up the sugar and chocolate. The recipe is given in metric units, so be sure to convert it to US standard units before you start baking. Get the recipe here.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.