There are few fruity combinations that scream summer quite as profoundly as tart rhubarb balanced by sweet strawberries. It's a quintessential pairing I look forward to every year as the early days of summer near, and my tastebuds water just thinking about it. From the classics to new favorites, here are 10 absolutely delicious ways to get your strawberry-rhubarb fix this summer.
1. Baked into a pie.
Perhaps the most classic of all ways to indulge in the sweet-tart blend of strawberries and rhubarb is a classic pie. Just don't forget the vanilla ice cream.
Get a recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
2. Cooked into a quick jam.
If you want to make the bounty of strawberries and rhubarb live on as long as possible, a batch of quick jam is always a good idea. This simple jam comes together easily on the stovetop with just fruit, a squeeze of lemon juice, and sugar. Spread it on everything from pancakes to waffles, or try a spoonful on yogurt and oats.
Get a recipe: How To Make Fruit Jam
3. Baked into a fruity crumble or cobbler.
If you want to get your fill of strawberries and rhubarb in a warm dessert, but prefer to steer clear of the pie dough, opt for an easy crumble or cobbler. Both are easy to whip together and quick enough for a weeknight. And as with pie, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is practically mandatory here.
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4. Cooked into a clafouti.
Clafouti is an easy French dessert that's elegant yet simple to make. It works with all different types of fruit — strawberries and rhubarb included! The eggy batter can be whipped up in the blender and then baked for an easy weeknight dessert.
Get a recipe: Roasted Rhubarb Clafouti
5. Roasted and spooned onto shortcakes.
You love strawberry shortcake, right? Since rhubarb also has a special place in your heart, there's no reason to let strawberries have all the fun in this iconic summer dessert. Mellow rhubarb's tart bite and draw even more sweet flavor from this duo by roasting the fruit in the oven before assembling the shortcakes.
6. Baked into muffins.
I can't think of a tastier way to start the day than with the sweet-tangy duo of strawberries and rhubarb baked into a muffin. Start with your favorite strawberry muffin recipe and use a 50-50 mix of chopped strawberries and rhubarb, or start with a basic muffin recipe and stir in about 1 1/2 cups of chopped fruit.
Get a recipe: How To Make Muffins: The Simplest, Easiest Method
7. Swirled into ice cream or sorbet.
This is basically the sweetest two-for-one deal you'll get all summer. You'll maximize your strawberry-rhubarb consumption while checking homemade ice cream and sorbet off your summer bucket list. For a smoother fruit filling, consider cooking down or roasting the fruit before stirring it into the ice cream base.
8. Blended into a shake or smoothie.
Not only does this duo treat you to the prettiest Millennial Pink shake, but the tangy-sweet flavor it brings to creamy milkshakes and smoothies is also one of a kind. Talk about a treat! Just be sure to power up with ample blending time to break down the fibrous rhubarb.
Get a recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Orange Julius
9. Mixed into a salsa.
Stir together a fresh and fruity salsa to give strawberry and rhubarb a savory spin. When used raw, rhubarb has a crunchy texture. Chopped berries, along with a handful of fresh herbs and onion, will balance the pucker-inducing bite. Dive in with tortilla chips or spoon this salsa over fish tacos.
Get a recipe: Fish Tacos With Rhubarb-Pineapple Salsa (swap strawberries for the pineapple)
10. Turned into syrup for drinks and cocktails.
We've made strawberry syrup, and a rhubarb version, so naturally the next logical step is a sweet and tart strawberry-rhubarb syrup. In addition to the fruit, it comes together with just water and sugar. A splash will instantly perk up everyday lemonade, make non-boozy drinks feel fancy, and give cocktails a summery twist.
Get a recipe: Strawberry Syrup (use half strawberries and half rhubarb)