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What to Serve with Sloppy Joes

What to Serve with Sloppy Joes Sloppy Joes are best served hot and fresh, and while they’re delicious on their own, the sandwich is even better when paired with the perfect side dish; enjoy this list of What to Serve with Sloppy Joes with 25 amazing sides. 

Four images of sides to serve with sloppy joes.


Sloppy Joes are easy-to-make American comfort food made with a few simple ingredients. If you’re wondering What to Serve with Sloppy Joes to make a complete meal, get ready to up your game with these tasty sides.


1. Homemade Coleslaw with Mint and Cilantro

Homemade Coleslaw ready to be served.

Our Homemade Coleslaw incorporates cabbage, carrots, mint, cilantro, scallions, and an umami-rich dressing for coleslaw you’ll want to serve with everything!

2. Carrot Fries

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Photo Credit: I Heart Vegetables

These tasty Carrot Fries can be made in the oven or air fryer for an easy, delicious side dish! There are tons of seasoning combinations you can enjoy to turn this simple vegetable into something crave-worthy.

3. Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts in a serving dish.

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, and you can serve them in less than an hour!

4. Air Fryer Butternut Squash

A plate of butternut squash garnished with fresh parsley.

Elevate any meal with our sweet and savory Air Fryer Butternut Squash- a delicious side made with simple pantry ingredients.

5. Vinegar Coleslaw

A serving of vinegar coleslaw.

Tangy, sweet, and crunchy- our homemade Carolina-style Vinegar Coleslaw is the perfect accompaniment to all of your barbecued main dishes.

6. English Pea Salad

A close up of a bowl of English Pea Salad.
Photo Credit: Entirely Elizabeth

This farm style, old fashioned English Pea Salad recipe is simple, easy to make, and colorful. With fresh peas, crunchy vegetables, and a creamy bright dressing this will become your favorite salad… Absolutely no cooking time, no eggs, and no bacon required.

7. Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower in a serving bowl with a tab of butter.

Mashed Cauliflower is easy to make and a perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes alongside any main entree.

8. Air Fryer Acorn Squash

Acorn squash pieces in a serving bowl.

Making Air Fryer Acorn Squash is simple and quicker than using the oven. Crispy and caramelized squash is the perfect addition to any meal, and it comes together in 30 minutes. 

9. Roasted Zucchini

Roasted zucchini on a plate.
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

This Roasted Zucchini Recipe is so delicious and so easy to make. Ready in about 20 minutes, fresh zucchini squash is tossed with olive oil, simple seasonings, and grated parmesan cheese then roasted in the oven until tender. The perfect weeknight side dish.


10. Healthy Potato Salad

Healthy potato salad in a serving bowl.

Our Healthy Potato Salad recipe combines boiled potatoes with eggs, celery, pickle, onion, and a yogurt-based sauce for a side you’ll want to serve with everything. 

11. Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes on a serving plate.

Make perfectly seasoned and irresistibly crispy Roasted Potatoes in the oven, and since they’re so versatile you can pair them with anything.

12. Oven Baked Sesame Fries

A close up of sesame baked fries with a side of ketchup.
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These Oven-Baked Sesame Fries are sprinkled with a healthy amount of sesame seeds before they bake to get them nice and golden brown! This combination is simply divine as they complement each other in flavor, texture, and nutrition.

13. Pan Fried Potato Chips

A baking sheet of freshly cooked potato chips.
Photo Credit: My Therapist Cooks

Favorite Pan Fried Potato Chips are so easy to make yourself at home! These are a great lunch side dish or an offering for a summertime potluck. Just one russet potato makes enough to serve four people, and this recipe is done in an under an hour. I like Greek yogurt onion dip with these.

14. Southern Potato Salad

A close up of Southern potato salad with a hard boiled egg.

You’ll love our creamy, old-fashioned Southern Potato Salad; fork-tender potatoes are dressed in a creamy sauce made of mayonnaise, and mustard, and seasoned to perfection.

15. Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries

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Once you make your own Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries, you may never bring home the frozen bag again. In just twenty minutes, you can turn a couple of sweet potatoes into a healthy snack or easy weeknight dinner side dish everyone will actually eat.


If you love Sloppy Joes, try one of these easy Dinner favorites!


16. Deviled Eggs without Vinegar


Our Deviled Eggs without Vinegar is a perfect appetizer for gatherings and get-togethers like birthdays, barbecues, or picnics.

17. Easy Baked Beans

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Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

Sweet, savory and smokey! This homemade Easy Baked Beans recipe offers an easy way to make hearty baked beans with bacon in the oven.

18. Easy Fruit Salad

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Photo Credit: I Heart Eating

This Easy Fruit Salad is tossed in a sweet citrus dressing for a delicious and easy summer side dish or dessert.

19. Gluten Free Pasta Salad

A serving bowl of gluten free pasta salad.

Enjoy our fresh take on Gluten Free Pasta Salad made with a variety of greens! The mouth-watering pasta salad is perfect for a light lunch or side dish with any meal.


20. Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

Avocado cucumber tomato salad in a serving bowl.

Loaded with fresh herbs, juicy tomato, crisp cucumber, and creamy avocado, the addition of olive oil and lime finishes our Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad for a perfect side dish or light meal. 

21. Pressgurka

Pressgurka arranged in a swirl on a plate.

Pressgurka is a quick pickled salad that is a perfect combination of sweet and sour; pair pressed cucumbers with savory dishes like meatballs.

22. Vegetable Chopped Salad

Vegetable chopped salad garnished with picked onion,

Eating vegetables is effortless with our Vegetable Chopped Salad. Finely cut cabbage, kale, carrots, and radishes are the base for this every salad recipe, but get creative and make it your own!

23. Cucumber Carrot Salad

Cucumber carrot salad in a bowl with cucumbers and carrots in the background.

Are you tired of the same boring salad options? This refreshing Cucumber Carrot Salad is a perfect solution! With vibrant colors and zesty flavor, this salad is a healthy way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Quick, fresh, and tangy, you can pair it with roasted chicken and grilled meat or eat it as a light snack.

24. Kale Salad with Apples

Kale salad with apple in a serving bowl.
Photo Credit: Fearless Dining

My easy Kale Salad with Apples is a healthy salad recipe that even your kids will love! It is full of crunchy sweet apples that balance out the harsh flavor of the kale. Tossed with a sweet vinaigrette, this kid-friendly salad is simply delicious!


Once it’s piping hot- ladle the Sloppy Joe mixture on top of a sesame seed bun. Then, take the sandwich to the next level with delicious toppings. You can add pickles slices, a spoonful of tangy coleslaw, pickled red onion, cooked bacon, a thick tomato slice, a fried egg, a slice of cheese, barbecue sauce, or sour cream.


What can I serve with sandwiches besides chips?

The opportunities are endless, as you can see from this list of What to Serve with Sloppy Joes; other side ideas include fresh fruit, salad, soup, or a pickle slice.

What’s the difference between a Sloppy Joe and a sloppy Jane?

A Sloppy Jane is a Sloppy Joe made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.


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Four images of sides to serve with sloppy joes.