Sweet And Savory Rhubarb Recipes
Have you tried rhubarb salsa yet? In pies, muffins, crisps and crumbles, it’s pretty easy to find a sweet recipe but did you know rhubarb is a vegetable? It is! And it is crisp and tart and I think it works perfectly in this rhubarb salsa recipe. Letting your diced rhubarb macerate with the sugar and vinegar for a while before eating, helps soften and mellow it a bit.
Rhubarb is just coming into season here on the West Coast and should be here for a while. I love to snap a piece off, dip it in sugar and remember being a kid again!Jump to Recipe
How To Grow And Harvest
I say snap because it should be pulled off the plant to try to avoid making flat spots that can trap water and cause rotting. If you’re growing your own, rhubarb should be fed yearly with some compost, well-rotted manure or a general 10-10-10 fertilizer and if they start to flower, clip the flowering stalks off so that the plants energy goes into the edible stalks. Rhubarb is in the same family as Sorrel, another early spring growing perennial and is extremely cold hardy. NOTE: The leaves are poisonous so only use the stalks and throw those leaves in your compost.
If you are buying your rhubarb at the store, 1 lb fresh equals about 3 cups chopped. For this recipe, you will want to chop it in a fine dice, just like you would for regular salsa.
More Rhubarb Recipes
Like I said, I love rhubarb. From delicious easy Rhubarb Snack Cake to my most popular muffin recipe, Rhubarb Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins to a festive treat, try my Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake. I’d love to hear from you if you try one or simply rate it with the easy star rating on the recipe card.
Savory Rhubarb Salsa
- 1 c Rhubarb Finely diced (approx 1/8″ dice)
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 c Red Onion Finely chopped
- 1 Jalapeno, small to medium Very finely diced
- 1 Cilantro, Small Bunch Approx. 1/2 c chopped
- 1/2 Lime Juiced
- 1/8 tsp Ground Coriander and Cumin Each
- Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
- Mix together rhubarb, sugar, vinegar and salt and let sit while chopping other ingredients. Stir occasionally.
- Once the jalapeno, onion and cilantro are chopped, add them and the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with tortilla chips and margaritas or as a condiment for grilled pork or dinner sausages.