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5 Vegan Rhubarb Recipes

Read on for a guide to rhubarb! This roundup includes sweet and savory drinks, snacks, main meals, & desserts.

The Recipe List:

champagne pouring into a glass of sparkling rhubarb shrub

Rhubarb Shrub

Made with just a few simple ingredients, this drinking vinegar is a fresh, tart, and bright addition to many beverages (alcoholic or non).

overhead shot of brown butter rhubarb crumble on a stone table with two scoops of vanilla ice cream

Brown Butter Rhubarb Crumble

This recipe is tart, sweet, and slightly spiced with notes of cinnamon and cardamom. Flexible enough for a weeknight dessert, this customizable crisp recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! A dish that is naturally vegan with gluten-free options.

a cocktail shaker pouring strawberry rhubarb margaritas into a glass

Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas

These cocktails are a perfect celebration of summer! They’re made with an infused simple syrup, tequila (or mezcal) and some fresh orange juice. Easily made nonalcoholic as well!

overhead shot of a tessellated rhubarb cake before baking

Tessellated Rhubarb Almond Cake

Turn your dessert into art! This recipe includes a step-by-step guide to creating a perfect rhubarb design (along with a video). Tart rhubarb atop crunchy almond cake, this is an ideal summer dessert that’s surprisingly easy to make!

four pieces of toasted bread topped with rhubarb and cashew cheese

Roasted Rhubarb Sandwich

This is a new take on a classic grilled cheese. With toasty bread, caramelized onions, soft rhubarb, a tangy spread, and fresh mint, it’s a perfect summer sandwich.

a basket of rhubarb stalks tied with twine

Rhubarb FAQ

What exactly is rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a perennial plant with long pink/red stems (petioles) and large green leaves. Though not related to celery, it has a similarly thick texture.

So, is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable?

It is technically a vegetable, though is often used like a fruit for various culinary creations (such as in pies and sweetened crumbles). It can also be pickled, mixed with fruit juice, and added in cocktails.

What does rhubarb taste like?

Rhubarb has as astringent, tart, and vegetal taste. For this reason, it is often stewed with sugar to sweeten. The texture of the stalks is similar to a fibrous celery, though it is more dense. It is not recommended to consume raw, as it is very tough.

Can you eat the leaves?

No, rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid and are not edible. When purchased in the store or at the market, the leaves have already been sliced off so this is not a concern for most people.

When is it in season?

Nearly half of all rhubarb grown in the United States hails from the Pacific Northwest, where is is harvested in late spring and early summer.

Can you freeze it?

Yes! This is a great way to prolong its availability. To freeze rhubarb, peel the stalks and slice into 1 inch strips. Lay flat on a small tray and freeze. Once frozen, pour into a bag and freeze for up to 6 months.

overhead shot of a tessellated rhubarb cake before baking
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About the Author

Emily (Frigon) Meyers is the founder of Garlic Head, a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets while saving time and money. She is a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan. Garlic Head does not focus on labels - it focuses on creating food that everyone can enjoy.

Emily earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University along with degrees in Economics, Spanish, and Global Sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and websites including The Food Institute, VegNews, Buzzfeed, and the Boston Globe.

Meet Emily here.

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