To some, rhubarb is a summertime staple, and for others, it鈥檚 a complete mystery (is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Hint: It鈥檚 totally a veggie). Lovingly dubbed the 鈥減ie plant,鈥 it鈥檚 widely known as a summer pie filling 鈥 and not much else. We鈥檙e here to tell you that it is SO much more than the tangy sidekick to strawberry. Rhubarb recipes聽run the gamut from sweet cakes to savory summer crostini聽and everything in between. Make room in your farmers鈥 market tote, because these 16 recipes will make you want to go rhubarb crazy.

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1. Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Jelly Donuts: The first step聽in聽preparing these drool-worthy donuts is making the strawberry rhubarb jam that fills the middle. Go ahead and triple that batch, because you鈥檒l want to spread it on every聽edible surface. (via Heather鈥檚 French Press)

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2. Pistachio Pavlova With Rhubarb Curd: Pavlova has a really mild flavor that serves as a great base for topping with your favorite sweet sauce. The not-so-secret ingredient in the rhubarb curd is lightly floral rose water. Definitely聽keep this one in mind for your next dinner party. (via A Side of Sweet)

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3. Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Bars: This elegant dessert is made by assembling crumbly no-bake oat crust, coconut ice cream and perfect ribbons of candied rhubarb and strawberries. These will absolutely be on the menu all summer long. (via Posh Little Designs)

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4. Strawberry Ice Cream With Drunken Rhubarb: The drunken aspect of this ice cream comes from simmering the rhubarb with red wine. The wine adds even more of a rose hue to the ice cream, and the flavor is the perfect accent to strawberry and rhubarb. (via Sugar Loves Spices)

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5. Pink Champagne Cocktail: Say hello to your new go-to warm-weather cocktail. Strawberry, rhubarb and rosewater create a fancy syrup that鈥檚 worthy of adding to your favorite Champagne. (via Cali Girl Cooking)

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6. Raspberry Rhubarb聽Almond Bars: Delicious desserts that also happen to be healthy are great for spring and summer cookouts. No one will know that these bars are paleo unless聽you spill the beans. (via Bakerita)

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7. Rhubarb Cream Cheese Brownies: If you can think of anything more perfect than a combination of fudgy brownies and a fruity crumble, please do share. These unique brownies will be the talk of whatever event you choose to bring them to. (via Alisha Enid)

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8.聽Raspberry Rhubarb Muffins: Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, so adding it to your morning muffins means you鈥檙e getting an early serving of the healthy stuff, right? These muffins freeze beautifully, so make an extra batch while rhubarb is in season. (via Oh My Veggies)

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9.聽Rhubarb-Banana Crumble: Banana and rhubarb may sound like an odd pair, but the sweetness of the ripe banana is sublime with the tart rhubarb. A聽dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream is not optional. (via Sweet and Simple Kitchen)

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10. Rhubarb Goat Cheese Crostini: If you鈥檝e never had rhubarb in a savory preparation, you NEED to try this crostini. The slight drizzle of honey is the perfect complement to the saltiness of the goat cheese and crunch of the crostini. (via Pretty Plain Janes)

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11. Rhubarb Granola Breakfast Bake: It may seem like you鈥檙e eating dessert for breakfast, but this bake is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. Serve warm with a splash of milk of your choice. (via Veera R)

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12.聽Riesling Rhubarb Crisp Cake With Oat Crumble: The question is, why haven鈥檛 we been putting Riesling in our cakes all along? This one is such a show-stopper, it鈥檚 worth every second spent on it. The strawberry rhubarb buttercream is to die for, and there鈥檚 a surprise layer of oat crumble right in the middle of the cake. (via Grandbaby Cakes)

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13.聽Russian Cream (Sour Cream Panna Cotta) With Vanilla Rhubarb Compote: Rhubarb is normally partnered with a fruit in sweet dishes, but here it stands alone with nothing more than a bit of sugar and vanilla. This dish is served cold, so it鈥檚 a great choice for dessert on a hot day. (via Buttered Side Up)

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14. Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie: Rhubarb is packed with minerals, vitamins and fiber, all of which make it ideal for a healthy breakfast. All you have to do is give it a quick simmer before blending it up with yogurt and strawberries. Make a big batch to enjoy in your smoothies throughout the week. (via The Way to His Heart)

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15. Strawberry Rhubarb Fool: No-bake dishes are a fun way to keep things cool and tasty on hot days. This classic dessert has been around for longer than you have, so you know it鈥檚 going to be good. (via Neighbor Food)

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16.聽Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas With Muddled Lime: You can鈥檛 go wrong with a strawberry margarita, and the addition of rhubarb plays well with tequila and lime. Definitely go with salt on your rim to complement the drink鈥檚 sweetness. (via Warm Vanilla Sugar)

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