Tangy Rhubarb Salsa


This is a recipe I came up with while trying to figure out what to do with an over-abundance of rhubarb. I'm not fond of sugary, syrupy rhubarb sauces but I love rhubarb and I love salsa, so I figured why not put them together! Just grab a bag of tortilla chips, or better yet make your own, and enjoy! Feel free to adjust ingredients to your liking. Don't like jalapenos? Don't use them. Mix and match peppers however you like, just be sure to use 3 of them. Also, I prefer Nellie and Joe's® lime juice because it's a bit more tart than regular bottled or fresh-squeezed lime juice, but if you can't find it that's fine, just use what you have.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 2 cups thinly sliced rhubarb

  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped - or to taste

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 3 roma (plum) tomatoes, finely diced

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 5 tablespoons Key lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Stir rhubarb into a large pot of boiling water and cook for 10 seconds. Quickly drain rhubarb and rinse with cold water until cool; transfer rhubarb to a large bowl.

  2. Place red onion, green, red, and yellow bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro into a food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to finely chop; transfer pepper mixture to bowl with rhubarb. Stir in roma tomatoes.

  3. Dissolve brown sugar in Key lime juice in a bowl; lightly stir lime juice mixture into rhubarb mixture. Sprinkle salsa with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper and stir salsa again. Refrigerate at least 3 hours to blend flavors.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

26 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 392mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 64mg 320%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 213mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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