I really like rhubarb. Like really. Like probably way more than is considered normal for a human being to like a vegetable (<— yes, that’s true!).
As a kid, I would pick those tart, fibrous stalks straight from the warm soil and dip them into brown paper lunch bags filled with sugar. Instant gratification: farm style.
These days, my rhubarb preparation has gotten a little bit more sophisticated. I’m baking it into pies, mixing it into cocktails and freezing it into popsicles. You name it. I’ve probably tried it. Rhubarb knows no boundaries for me.
Unless of course, we’re talking about savory rhubarb applications. Because there, I’m a total novice. Well, until now.
The idea of a savory rhubarb recipe hadn’t even really crossed my mind until about a month ago. I’ve had a few rhubarb chutneys in the past (and maybe even made one myself at some point), but they were still much more on the sweet side of the equation. A full-fledged savory rhubarb recipe had escaped me. That is, of course, until I spotted this rhubarb and radish salad on Bon Appétit. I immediately started experimenting with a slightly modified version of that recipe. And it’s been on constant rotation in my kitchen ever since.
This rhubarb-radish slaw is a wonderful side dish that celebrates Spring produce. I find it pairs particularly well with flavorful meats, like ribs or brisket. But I also love it as a topping for sandwiches, tacos and these vegan tostadas which I’m sharing here today.
These Chickpea and Avocado Pita Tostadas with Rhubarb-Radish Slaw are such a breeze to prepare. Seriously. 20 minutes is all you need to make these perfect little pitas. Try them some night when you’re in need of a low fuss vegetarian dinner. Or make them for Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Which is like the best food holiday ever because it involves all of my favorite foods and beverages (hello tequila!).
Because these tostadas are so quick and easy, I’m sharing them as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series. Just scroll down below to find links to other creative (and fast!) dinner recipes. As you might except, there are a couple of other Mexican-themed dishes in this months installment. I hope you find some inspiration for Cinco de Mayo. Or for any night when you need food in a hurry!
Chickpea and Avocado Pita Tostadas with Rhubarb-Radish Slaw
For the Chickpeas:
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce
- 1/4 tsp. salt
For the Tostadas:
- 6 sandwich size pita bread (5- to 6-inches in diameter)
For the Rhubarb-Radish Slaw:
- 3 medium radishes, trimmed
- 1 stalk rhubarb, trimmed
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
For the Guacamole:
- 2 avocados
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Pat the chickpeas dry with a paper towel. Then toss them in a medium bowl along with the chili sauce and salt, stirring until well coated. Spread the chickpeas out onto a rimmed baking sheet and roast in your pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove and set aside.
- Meanwhile, place the pita breads on a second rimmed baking sheet and warm them in your pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the edges become slightly crispy. Remove and set aside.
- To make the slaw, first cut the radishes and rhubarb into thin matchsticks. Place them to a medium bowl along with the cilantro. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice and agave nectar. Then pour this dressing over the slaw, tossing to coat. Set aside.
- To make the guacamole, slice the avocados in half and remove and discard the pits. Scoop out the flesh and add it to a bowl along with the other ingredients. Using the tines of a fork, mash everything together until well combined. Set aside.
- To assemble the tostadas, spread some of the guacamole onto the warmed pita breads. Top with the roasted chickpeas and some of the rhubarb-radish slaw. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from my Roasted Delicata Squash Pita Tostadas with Black Beans and Guacamole.
30 Minute Thursday Recipes
Easy Black Bean Soup by Pumpkin ‘n Spice
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Asparagus Fajitas by Flavor the Moments
10 Minute BBQ Ham Sandwiches by The Recipe Rebel
One Pot Sausage and Asparagus Pesto Pasta by Bake.Eat.Repeat.
30 Minute Chicken Marsala by My Kitchen Craze
One Pot Teriyaki Beef Zoodles by Life Made Sweeter
One Pot Black Bean Enchilada Pasta by Savory Nothings
Rhubarb is still a work in progress for me, but really, I think you can convince me with these! Also, anything that involves avocados is a win in my book! xo
Yes, anything with avocado you know is gonna be good!
Rhubarb is one of the veggie loves of my life but I’ve never used it in savory dishes either. I’ve seen it roasted alongside apples in pork dishes, etc, but that’s still kind of sweet right? I have one lonely stalk in my fridge with some red and watermelon radishes and I know exactly what I’m going to do with them today! These tostadas look absolutely delicious.
Yay! That’s awesome that you have all the ingredients ready to go. Would love to hear how you like the slaw. Let me know!
Our rhubarb just shot through the ground this week with the sun! Excited to make this slaw. xo
Perfect use for that first harvest!
I am a big rhubarb fan but have never (um why??) tried them in a savory dish before. These tostadas are so GORGEOUS, and seriously need to happen soon!
I feel like I need way more savory rhubarb dishes in my life now!
I love rhubarb too but I’ve never had them in a savory recipe before! What a great idea, Liz! I’m also obsessed with chickpeas and avocados, so I know I would devour this in no time. Sounds like the perfect spring meal!
Yes! This meal has all my favorite ingredients too. Anything with avocado is an A+ in my book!
Oh wow Liz! I’m lovin’ this… the tart, with a bit of spice, crunch and creamy.. You’ve hit all the notes here! I just discovered rhubarb a few years ago, but can see why you loved so much as a kid and now as an adult! I just picked up some radish and rhubarb from the farm and have been whittling them down. But I think I’ll give this slaw a go! I love the savory application here, Liz! Delicious work and beautiful captures!
Awww thanks, Traci! Glad you’re loving rhubarb lately. And sounds like you have all the ingredients for this slaw ready to go!
I have never tried rhubarb in a savoury dish either, so that probably needs to change! Also, I totally used to dip rhubarb in sugar when I was a kid too, that was the best snack in the spring. These tostadas look fantastic, perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
I hope you try out this slaw. I think you’ll love it!
I love your obsession with rhubarb ’cause it is new territory for me! Such a good idea to put its crunchy stalks into a slaw.
Yay! I hope you try out the slaw. It’s so easy!
Ooohhhh! Savory rhubarb! It’s such a rare sighting. I love how it’s almost slightly pickled here. MAJOR yum.
Yes, definitely underused in savory applications. I need to try it more!