11 Delicious Ways to Use Rhubarb This Spring

With its bright color and tart taste, rhubarb is a must-grow veggie for your spring garden . While you may not want to munch on the raw stalks — they're fairly sour — rhubarb becomes sweeter (and recipe-ready) when cooked. And because it's so versatile, you can incorporate it into a variety of dishes to satisfy your exact craving.

1. Bake a Classic Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry and rhubarb is a classic pairing — the sweet and sour flavors balance each other out in the best way. And when you bake 'em into a pie with bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar, you've got the sweetest spring dessert.

2. Make a Soda

It all starts with a simple syrup : combine 1 pound of chopped rhubarb with 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water. Add a cinnamon stick, along with a dash of nutmeg, fresh ginger and vanilla bean if you'd like. Bring everything to a simmer and let it gently bubble for 15 minutes until it's syrupy. Strain out the rhubarb, then chill the syrup.

Once chilled, mix the syrup with club soda and you have rhubarb soda! (Add a splash of cream for a tasty cream soda.)

3. Mix It in Cocktails

Make a boozy summer beverage by mixing your DIY rhubarb syrup from the recipe above with lemon and gin. Or perhaps rum and mint? Or tequila and lime? You do you.

4. Make an Ice Cream Float

Whip up a rhubarb soda using the recipe above, then add a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream to create a yummy float.

5. Bake With Rhubarb

Dice up the veggie and mix it into a batch of cinnamon muffins, or pair it with strawberries and make our mouthwatering crumble.

Rhubarb! Strawberries! Two of spring’s friendliest tidings. Pairing them in pie, over oatmeal or in a cocktail is a great way to celebrate the season. But for me, a simple strawberry-rhubarb crumble recipe takes first prize.

6. Customize Your Ice Cream

A batch of homemade ice cream gets even tastier when you add rhubarb to the mix. The pink color is oh-so-pretty, and if you pair the frozen treat with a side of buttery shortbread it's pure bliss.

7. Pickle the Rhubarb

Pickling is super trendy and a delicious way to extend the life of your veggie. You can follow the same basic instructions you'd use to pickle any fruit or veggie, though it's extra tasty if you spice it up with additions like cardamom and dried chiles.

8. Add It to a Salad

Roast the veggie with a sprinkle of sugar to temper its natural sharpness, then add it to a salad once cooled. One go-to recipe: rhubarb roasted with beets, placed on a bed of peppery arugula and tossed with goat cheese and homemade vinaigrette.

9. Make a Jam

There's nothing better than starting your day with a crisp slice of homemade bread slathered in fruit jam. To make it, you'll mix the veggie with sugar, lemon juice and vanilla bean, then roast to perfection.

10. Decorate an Ice Cream Cake

Roasted with strawberries, rhubarb can be the crowning glory of an ice cream cake layered with toasted walnuts, oat crumble and whipped sour cream.

11. Cook a Soup

Rhubarb works wonders in both sweet and savory soups. For sweet "dessert" soups, simmer and strain the rhubarb with a touch of sugar and the berry of your choice. (You could go with a classic strawberry-rhubarb combo or mix it up with raspberries or cherries.) Top the soup with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

To go savory, sauté the rhubarb along with a traditional mirepoix. Add red potatoes and some veggie broth (plus salt and pepper) for a delicious, hearty spring soup.

Learn More Now

Discover more ways to use rhubarb and other seasonal veggies in our class, Vegetables for Every Season .

Green is back in the garden, and Nicki will highlight her favorite Spring vegetables with a special focus on asparagus. She'll show you a new way to prep asparagus for an unforgettable Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus & Mint Pesto and then walk you through a bright and crisp Asparagus & Quinoa Salad loaded with peas, radishes, fennel, golden raisins and almonds.

May 22, 2020
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