Rhubarb Salsa

I’m finding myself on a salsa kick these days.  I love good old tomato salsa but after the asparagus version, I decided I should venture out a little.  Rhubarb is in season now so it seemed a good place to start.  Now this may sound a little kooky but so did asparagus salsa and it’s so darn delicious that I’ve made it twice since!

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The trick with this colourful snack is to ensure you add lots of flavors and a little bit of sweetening with some honey.  I tossed in some sweet bell peppers for fun and the result is a lip-smacking, healthy treat that even non-rhubarb eaters are going to love.  Don’t even tell them it’s in there, just ask them to taste it!

There are lots of gluten-free tortilla chips on the market today or you can bake some pita chips or make brown rice chips.  I love that there are so many healthy alternatives now.  The asparagus chips I get at the farms are super tasty!

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The best thing about salsa is that you can throw it together in a hurry and it’s always an easy hit with a crowd.  Or maybe that’s the second best thing because we need to celebrate the wonderful nutrients in this popular vegetable. According to Canadian Living these are just a few things we should know:

 5 ways rhubarb will boost your health
1. Rhubarb contains antioxidants like lycopene and anthocyanins, helping to fight off disease.
2. It apparently can help lower cholesterol, boosting your heart health.
3. The stalks are a good source of fibre, benefiting your digestive health.
4. It contains vitamin K, an essential property that helps with blood clotting, protecting the bones and help fighting off liver and prostate cancer.
5. A good source of vitamin C (great for a healthy immune system), calcium, potassium and magnesium.

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I just picked up lots of strawberries from the farm so guess what kind of salsa I’m making next?!  And a strawberry pizza too, ha!

Don’t forget to share your gorgeous creations with me by hashtagging #simplyfreshdinners .  What are you doing with your rhubarb?   Cheers 🙂

Rhubarb Salsa
Recipe Type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4-6 persons
The rhubarb replaces tomato in this unique salsa. To balance the tartness, I’ve added some honey and the kick of a jalapeno will bring it together for a surprising burst of flavor!
  • 1 stalk of rhubarb (1 to 1 1/2 cups), diced
  • 1/4 cup of sweet bell pepper, diced (I used red and orange)
  • 2 tablespoons of diced white or red onion
  • 2 tablespoons of diced scallions
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of cilantro, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (raw if you have it)
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  1. Heat 2 cups of water in a saucepan to boiling. Blanch rhubarb by placing in the boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds. Quickly remove the rhubarb and place in a colander. Run cold water over the rhubarb to stop the cooking process. Blot the rhubarb with a paper towel to dry.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the bell pepper, onion, scallions, jalapeño, and cilantro. Add rhubarb and mix ingredients.
  3. In a small separate bowl, dissolve the honey in the lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Drizzle this dressing over the rhubarb salsa and stir. Add the salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

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The rhubarb replaces tomato in this unique salsa. Honey and jalapeno balance the tartness. Healthy Deliciousness!


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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 17, 2016 at 6:35 am

    What would we do without salsa 😉 It’s a good kick to be on and loving the rhubarb!!!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 17, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Such a great way to use rhubarb! I will definitely be trying this as we are salsa lovers here 🙂
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    Anita Rivera
    June 17, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I have ALL the ingredients in my fridge right now to make this, and a neighbor across the street with oodles of rhubarb! Hello my friend! Are ya having fun? I am. Such a beautiful June morning. Happy day!

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    Christine | Mid-Life Croissant
    June 17, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Oooh I love this! I’m definitely into salsa these days (and all the days) too.
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    June 17, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I literally collect salsa recipes, I could eat it with everything — and this one is so unique, I had no idea you could use rhubarb raw!
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    June 17, 2016 at 10:18 am

    HI Robyn,
    What a unique and interesting recipe. Sounds tasty and healthy — filled with some many healthy vegetables. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays blog hop. Pinned & tweeted!
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    June 17, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I would have never thought to put rhubarb in salsa but it looks so delicious and I love all the pretty colors!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

    This is so outside the box – I am inspired! What a great way to use a little extra rhubarb – I bet it is tasty. I can’t wait to see your strawberry salsa and pizza. Have a lovely weekend!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This is so fun and so creative Robyn. I bet there’s such a nice crunch with the raw rhubarb. I love jicama in salsa for that reason but never thought of using rhubarb.
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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    June 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t eat rhubarb enough, Robyn. I love the list of health benefits you’re sharing – so I am adding rhubarb to my next shopping trip. This is a fun way to add it in to my diet.
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      June 22, 2016 at 8:41 am

      I just started eating it last year, Geraldine, and now I’m loving it. You’ll love these flavors 🙂

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    June 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    There’s always so much to learn! Who can imagine a rhubarb salsa? These health benefits sound great and now I’m tempted to buy a bunch of rhubarb to try out!
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    June 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    This is new one for me. You wouldn’t expect Rhubarb in a salsa, but anything goes. Very creative and I am sure tasty as well. Love the fresh ingredients and the awesome bright colors. Lots of love to you, from W.W.
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    June 28, 2016 at 7:22 am

    That looks wonderful, pinning it! Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party.
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    May 26, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    The rhubarb is surprisingly subdued!!! I ended up using about 3 cups of rhubarb and added half a large avocado diced….very delicious!!! I will be making this lots, as we have so much rhubarb!!!

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      May 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      Oh, I love that you added avocado, Christine! Sounds perfect. I was deleted with the way this turned out because even for those who have never tried rhubarb before, it is so darn tasty! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!
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