Healthy Rhubarb Recipes You Can Make in Just 45 Minutes (or Less!)
Peak rhubarb season is short (just April to June), so while freshly picked rhubarb is around, make as many rhubarb recipes as you can. These healthy spring recipes all come together fast (just 45 minutes or less), so make time to try them all before the season ends. These favorite Test Kitchen-approved recipes will have you adding rhubarb to savory dishes like pasta and pork, and the rhubarb dessert recipes are low in added sugar for more healthy inspiration. Even if you've never picked up rhubarb at your farmers market or local grocery store, these seven healthy rhubarb recipes will have you adding a bunch (or two) to your basket. If you missed rhubarb season, frozen rhubarb will work in a pinch.
1. Fresh Strawberry-Rhubarb Parfaits
When you have these two fresh spring ingredients on hand, you have more options than just a decadent strawberry-rhubarb pie (though we’d certainly take a slice). Instead, turn this tasty duo into a healthy rhubarb dessert recipe by making fresh parfaits. There’s no added sugar when you use a drizzle of honey for natural sweetness, and you can make deliciously creamy layers using reduced-fat cream cheese and light sour cream.
2. Rhubarb-Bacon Jam
Rhubarb jam uses up extra stalks of this fresh summer veggie (yes, it’s a veggie!), but a lot of jam recipes have tons of extra sugar. But instead of using scoops of sugar, this recipe gets sweeter with a squeeze of maple syrup. Smoky bacon and tart red onion keep this healthy rhubarb recipe from becoming overly sweet, making it great for savory spreads.
3. Paleo Pork and Rhubarb Skillet
Fresh rhubarb goes savory in this delicious Paleo dinner recipe. It has the familiar flavors of pork and apple slices, with a tart twist thanks to rhubarb. To sneak some extra veggies onto your plate, serve this healthy rhubarb recipe with cauliflower couscous instead of the traditional grain version.
4. Melty Rhubarb, Goat Cheese, and Peppers
Roasted rhubarb and bell peppers make a delicious (and easy!) spring side dish you can serve alongside just about any entrée. The rhubarb and peppers bake in a parchment paper ($4, Target) pack, which keeps all the juices inside, makes each bite tastier, and makes cleanup easier, too. To give this healthy veggie side dish a decadent touch, serve with crusty bread slices and a smear of creamy goat cheese.
5. Really Red Smoothies
It’s always a good time to sip on a sweet, fresh smoothie. Whether you serve this rhubarb, strawberry, red pepper (trust us, it's good!), and raspberry smoothie as a snack or for dessert is up to you, but the fresh, fruity blend is refreshing and delicious any time of day. If you want a quick treat on the go, freeze the smoothie mixture into cubes to toss in a glass and enjoy later.
6. Linguine with Garlic, Pepper, and Rhubarb
For a light spring pasta dinner, skip the sauce and dress up your noodles with garlic, olive oil, and plenty of fresh rhubarb. This recipe has more than 3 cups of it, so it’s easy to scoop up a few slices of rhubarb in every bite. As an added bonus, this fresh dinner recipe comes together in just 25 minutes, which is hard to beat.
7. Grain Pancakes with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
Rather than topping with plain maple syrup, try your whole wheat pancakes with a homemade strawberry-rhubarb sauce. The healthy rhubarb sauce recipe is simple enough to whip up in the morning—just blend together strawberries, rhubarb, a spoonful of sugar, and vanilla. We recommend pouring it over a tall stack of pancakes, but you could also try it on waffles or French toast.
8. Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa
Who says salsa has to be spicy? For a healthy rhubarb recipe, try our strawberry-infused dip with cinnamon pita chips. The homemade salsa takes less than an hour and makes six half-pint jars ($8, Target). Share with a neighbor or save a jar for after rhubarb season ends.