Salad Joe’s (Sloppy Joe Salad)

Earlier this year we were eating Sloppy Joe’s at my parents house. I made my 2-year-old a plate and set it in front of her, but a few minutes later she started complaining.

“Want a Sloppy Joe!”

“You have a Sloppy Joe. See? It’s right here.”

“No! I want a Sloppy Joe!”

“Sweetie, this IS a Sloppy Joe.”

“No! I don’t want this,” she said as she pulled off the top and bottom buns and handed them to me.

I realized, laughing, that we had been going so long without buns on our Sloppy Joe’s that my youngest didn’t remember life with buns. I wasn’t sure whether to be a proud paleo mom or feel sorry for her. The older two, however, were in heaven with their spongy bread soaking up the Sloppy Joe sauce. Can you blame them?

Eating a Sloppy Joe with a lettuce cups became um… unnecessarily sloppy. Sometimes we put them on a bed of Sweet Potato Fries. (Hello, amazing.) And sometimes when I was craving something with more freshness I’d put it on a bed of lettuce, which later evolved into a full-blown salad topped with paleo Ranch and diced pickles.

And, if we’re being honest here, shredded cheese.

My bestie’s 4-year-old daughter calls them Salad Joe’s. I really love that.

What’s in a Sloppy Joe Salad?

I included a recipe down there, but a couple of the components are existing recipes on my blog, so I’ll give you those first with some adaptations…

Best. Sloppy Joe’s. Ever. Yes, the name is a bit presumptuous, but I stand by it. Also, there’s no chopping involved — unless you really want some diced pickles on top. Worth it.

Dry Paleo Ranch Seasoning My favorite paleo ranch, ever. And I love that I can make a big jar of it and always have it on hand. I’m so over being at the mercy of fresh herbs when I want some ranch.

Homemade Mayonnaise This recipe uses extra-virgin-olive oil, but I’ve started using avocado oil instead for a more neutral flavor. If you’re cool with dairy, you can also use Greek yogurt in the dressing.


Salad Joe's (Sloppy Joe Salads)

Salad Joe's (Sloppy Joe Salads)

Yield: Serves 6
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Sloppy Joe's for the paleo, gluten-free, or grain-free eater. We actually prefer them this way!



  1. To assemble the salads, spoon some warm Sloppy Joe meat over a bed of Romaine lettuce and top with a drizzle of paleo ranch dressing and some diced pickles.
  2. That's it. :)