Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Parfaits


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It is about time I cooked up some rhubarb around here. I have been oohing and ahhing all of the delightful posts people have been sharing for the past month using these bright red stalks. We had rhubarb in my backyard growing up. I have not had it in years. Until now. It has a distinct tangy flavor that pairs well with so many ingredients. I have seen it everywhere from sweet desserts to savory dinner recipes. I am bringing you summer in a bowl….dig in. Simple. Summer. Food.

Please stop by my last post Creamy Blueberry Banana Milkshakes there is still time to enter my Blendtec Blender giveaway….

Fresh Rhubarb Stalks by Marla Meridith

Have you guys ever seen the book Lucid Food by Louisa Shafia? I found it at my favorite Zinc Cafe in Laguna Beach. It is very beautiful and the recipes are amazing. Louisa and I do not know each other, but I thought you should know about her book. Grab one if you can, you will love it. It is by the same publisher who did Heidi Swanson’s Supernatural cookbook series. *Hi Louisa*

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I am happy to announce the winner of my giveaway for the American Express Dinner @6 campaign. The winner will receive a $600 gift card from AmEx. A BIG round of applause to everyone who participated. You guys submitted awesome desserts.  Thank goodness for because I never could have selected a winner on my own.

Healthy fruit parfaits with fresh fruit on blog

During this contest I shared Peach Strawberry Coconut Popsicles and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pizzas, each recipe made with 6 ingredients or less. You guys shared goodies from cakes to cookies, puddings, tarts, ice cream….everything sweet & fabulous!

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We have a winner…..see her recipe here & my version below.

#83 April said on July 13, 2011 at 9:07 am……
Yummy Yummy!!
Strawberry Whubarb Compote (April did you mean the whu-barb part?)

1 lb strawberries, washed and dried
1 lb rhubarb, leaves removed and stalks washed
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp water

Hull strawberries and cut into quarters. Cut rhubarb in 2 inch slices. Combine compote ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and gently simmer over medium-low heat until reduced and thickened and the fruit has softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

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I guess she likes rhubarb & strawberries too. Thanks everyone for your entries and a BIG congrats to April.

Healthy fruit parfaits with fresh fruit on blog

What kinds of recipes do you create with rhubarb? Feel free to share any recipes and links in the comment field.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Parfaits

Makes 4 servings. Recipe inspired by April and Louisa Shafia


  • Sweeten to taste with your favorite natural sweetener – how much you will need depends on how sweet and ripe your fruit is to begin with.
  • We love this with fat free Greek yogurt. I put it through a cheesecloth to make it even thicker than it is straight from the container. It is so thick that I can hold the yogurt in my hands like a dough. Neat huh!


  • 3 stalks of Rhubarb, ends removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces Strawberries, remove stems
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 to 1 1/2 droppers full of Vanilla Stevia Drops, Honey, Maple Syrup, etc. to taste
  • 16 ounces fat free Greek Yogurt


  • Fresh Mint
  • Blueberries or other berries
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • a sprinkle of Powdered Sugar, Brown Sugar or Truvia


Put rhubarb and strawberries in a medium saucepan, covered with 1/4 cup water, bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir, cook for 5 minutes. Break up pieces of rhubarb with the back of a wooden spoon and continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes or until all the fruit is soft. Remove from heat and stir in ginger and sweetener. Let cool a bit and plate with yogurt.


Rhubarb Recipe Links disclosure: I was contacted by the folks at American Express to run this promotion. I was compensated for my time to create 3 posts in this series and to help promote the Blue Cash Card personal credit cards. All credit cards should be used responsibly by the holder.

~ Marla Meridith

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70 thoughts on “Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Parfaits

  1. Yum yum yum…rhubarb will always be my favorite. I’ve had more this summer than ever before and I am 110% okay with that!

  2. Marla,
    I love this recipe. I made it a few months back when I first discovered Louisa’s cookbook. I’m super happy to see that you’ve fallen for her too! Though I haven’t met Louisa yet, she feels like family already, since she just married one of my best east coast friends from the *old days*. Guess we’ll need to get her out here and have a party to celebrate our appreciation for her, her food, and her choice in men! xoxox,

    1. Brooke, that sounds like a fabulous idea!! I love the connection you gals share – let’s make a meet up happen soon, okay? I should have known you would have this cookbook in your collection. I can’t seem to put it down 🙂

    1. Kulsum, this parfait would be perfect for your lower carb lifestyle. That Greek yogurt is protein packed, keeps you satisfied for a good long time and will help you get some muscles 😉 if you want them!

  3. Marla this is beautiful! I actually never cook with rhubarb b/c I dont ever think to buy it but growing up my parents and neighbors all had rhubarb plants and I ate so much rhubarb bread I could have turned into a red stalk 🙂

    Beautiful photos as always!

    1. Averie, I know what you mean. It just used to magically “show up” when I was a kid. It is a lovely ingredient to have a reunion with. Fun to photograph too! I bet Skylar would love it.

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway, Marla, and congratulations to April! Your strawberry rhubarb compote recipes both sound delicious!

  5. What a gorgeous parfait! I’ve actually never cooked/baked with rhubarb before, but have been wanting to for a while. My brother tried a recipe using rhubarb a while back, which was a complete fail, so maybe that turned me away? Who knows, but this looks amazing!

  6. Oh my goodness. That looks perfect right now. Sweet and creamy and refreshing. I’m sipping on a mocha frapp right now and even that doesn’t measure up to this!

  7. Love the vibrant color of this strawberry rhubarb compote! I cooked rhubarb for the first time this summer (finally!) and was surprised by how quickly it broke down and how much liquid was released. This compote must go so well with Greek yogurt, one of my favorites.

  8. Marla, this looks great and very colourful! The explanation and the recipe looks very reader-friendly! Loved your recipe and blog. Going to add this to my favourites!

  9. I’ve been so curious about rubarb but its so intimidating to me! My nanny used it often bit I just observed from afar. I think its time to be brave! By the way, stunning photos!

  10. But wait – I was going to win this gift card – No? ;( And I thought it was 6 ingredients or less – optional garnish puts this over the edge – tut tut tut!!!!
    Thanks for the great cookbook rec. can’t wait to explore other recipes in this lovely looking book.

    1. Lucy, I know the garnish puts this over the required 6. Could not help myself to add a sprig 😉 A rule breaker. That is me….xxoo
      And yes, you would love the book.

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  12. I’ve never cooked with rhubarb — I really need to! These parfaits are so pretty, Marla…I really love the addition of Greek yogurt for protein. They are the perfect sweet treat!

  13. I heat my compote before putting it on the Greek yogurt. So good! We also do the usual strawberry-rhubarb crumble, rhubarb crumb muffins, pie, and our new adventure this year was rhubarb syrup to mix with club soda.

    Today I also put a container of non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt into the ice cream machine…tomorrow plan have “ice cream” and berries for breakfast.

    I love your website!!!!

  14. Oooh, a local restaurant was serving rhubarb martinis! I had two on my anniversary. Made with vanilla vodka, I think,

    1. No rhubarb in Singapore? I bet you have some amazing fruit there that I could never get my hands on here in the States. Rhubarb is tangy and amazing when you add sweetness with or without other fruits. Wonder what your equivalent is?

  15. We can not get enough rhubarb around this house and this is such a lovely way to enjoy it. I hope you’re enjoying your time in your “little piece of heaven”!

    1. Dara, it is so wonderful to be here!! Nothing like fresh mountain air, time with family and a whole lot of munching on fresh farm produce.

  16. I do love all things rhubarb. I bought a lot this spring and froze some, so I can make something rhubarby when we are in the depths of winter! Love this parfait, I could eat one for breakfast right now.

  17. This looks so good. With strawberries fresh and ripe here in Ohio in a few weeks, I can’t wait to try this!