Main Dish Recipes

Sloppy Joe Salad Bowls

October 28, 2015
This family-friendly classic gets a fresh spin. Bonus for being easier to eat, too!

This family-friendly classic gets a fresh spin. Bonus for being easier to eat, too!

I have been on a non-dinner cooking spree lately. We’ve had a LOT of bagel sandwiches for dinner.

On Monday night, I thought, “I really can’t justify not making dinner again tonight.”

I’ve been meaning to make this for several weeks and finally just decided to go for it, because another round of pancakes for dinner just seemed embarrassing.

And then these were so easy and quick, I wondered what my problem was.

Plus the whole family loved them. I don’t know if that was because they were so delicious (they were!) or if everyone was just so glad to be eating real food.

Either way, I’ll take it.

This family-friendly classic gets a fresh spin. Bonus for being easier to eat, too!

Sloppy Joe Salad Bowls
(adapted from Perry’s Plate)


Serves 4

1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried, ground sage
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon flour

Serve with:
Chopped lettuce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced pepperoncinis
Ranch dressing (I make this one about three times per week)
Toasted french or sourdough bread slices

Place the rinsed lentils in a saucepan and cover with about 2-3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and let simmer until tender (about 20 minutes or so).

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey with the onion. Drain any excess oil off (I never do) and then add the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Bring to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally about 5-10 minutes. When the lentils are soft, drain them and add to the skillet, stirring well.

Serve in a bowl with lettuce, cheddar cheese, slice pepperoncinis and top with ranch dressing. Add some toasted bread and enjoy!

This family-friendly classic gets a fresh spin. Bonus for being easier to eat, too!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Kristin @ Going Country October 28, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Not sure I've ever seen your recipe post about ranch dressing, but I must weigh in here (pun possibly intended) that if you dip tortilla chips in homemade ranch, it's like a heavenly version of Cool Ranch Doritos.

    My ranch dressing is even quicker than yours, and I don't measure anything either–mayo, buttermilk (or plain yogurt), garlic powder, pepper, dried dill, mixed with a fork until smooth. And then everything gets dipped in it. I try not to make it when we have tortilla chips in the house, due to my lack of self-control.

  • Reply KT October 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I was inspired by an off the hand remark Perry's Plate made a few years ago about eating sloppy joes over lettuce to try it, and we love it. Even my very skeptical husband will eat it without complaint. We've never tried it with ranch, but I'm sure that would make the meal even more popular.

  • Reply Stevie Storck October 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Looks easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing, Janssen!!

  • Reply Paige Flamm October 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Yum! We love sloppy joes in our house and we actually are feeding the missionaries next week and one of them is gluten free! We'll definitely be making these for them! Also, we had your shredded beef sandwiches last night and they were delicious!

  • Reply Kelli October 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Did you know you can cook lentils in a rice cooker? I just discovered that a little while ago and have been making them way more often now. I don't know why I think it is so much easier than on the stove, but I do! I guess it's nice to just put them in there and forget about them. I use a 3 to 1 water to lentil ratio. I'm not vegetarian, but I am cheap and I also try to not eat a ton of red meat so for those reasons I have replaced lentils with ground beef in quite a few different things and they work great.

  • Reply Allison October 28, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I've been on a big non-making dinner kick lately as well. Why spend time and a big mess making dinner when I could be doing the 1000 other things on my to-do list or blowing bubbles with H? So we eat a lot of toast 🙂 But this looks fabulous and not too time intensive, so I'll be making it very soon!

  • Reply Ashley October 29, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Delicious!!!! I've been having the same thing going on….I'm so over cooking dinner and nothing sounds good. Except this! Thanks for the idea.

  • Reply Jessica October 29, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    You are my new favorite source for recipes. You haven't steered me wrong yet. I can't wait to try this one. (My favorite ranch though is still the Pioneer Woman's; it's finger-licking good!)

  • Reply Meghan November 10, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I liked your line "I wonder what my problem is." I think that all the time with lots of stuff I do. haha…but sometimes I feel like when I am lazy and don't cook and throw together a dinner it makes the weeks I plan out meals and execute dinners all that much better. Got to know the bad to know the good right 🙂

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