49 of the Best Sloppy Joe Sides

This post may contain affiliate links.

They’re tangy, saucy, and oh so good–who doesn’t love Sloppy Joes?! The only thing better than a plateful of the deliciously messy sandwiches is a plate of them with these Sloppy Joe sides served alongside!

From creamy and crunchy salads to a wide variety of veggies served up in different ways to potato salads, salsas, and so much more, this list of side dishes for Sloppy Joes has you covered. 

So the next time you ask yourself what to serve with Sloppy Joes, scan this list of incredible side dish ideas and try something new!

Subscription Form (SAVE THIS POST-MAIN)

Save this post!

Enter your email and we'll send this post to your inbox! Plus, you'll receive our newsletter full of great tips for all your outdoor adventures.

Coleslaw in a yellow dish.

Easy Coleslaw

Crisp and creamy coleslaw is the perfect counterpoint to the savory and saucy sandwiches. You can even add it inside your Sloppy Joes! This colorful coleslaw recipe has green and red cabbages along with carrots and fresh cilantro. 

A bowl of corn salad

Grilled Corn Salad

This summery salad with fresh-grilled corn, juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, creamy avocado, and fresh herbs all dressed with a zippy lime dressing goes so well with the beefy sandwiches! 

Potato salad in a red enamel bowl

Classic Potato Salad

A classic for a reason! Creamy potato salad makes a hearty and nostalgic side dish for Sloppy Joes. Not only can it be made ahead of time, it’s best when you do! 

Grilled asparagus on a plate.

Grilled Asparagus

Tender asparagus stalks, grilled to perfection and dressed up with Parmesan cheese? Yes, please! This fresh green side looks great on the plate next to your Sloppy Joe sandwiches. Tastes great, too!

Grilled corn on the cob stacked on a blue plate.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Buttery corn on the cob is summery, juicy deliciousness! When you’re looking for veggie Sloppy Joe sides, this sweet corn on the cob is a great choice. 

Grilled zucchini in a white enamel dish with fresh zucchinis in frame

Grilled Zucchini

Sturdy zucchini is great for grilling, and these full-of-flavor slabs are fun to make, too! We keep it simple here with a few seasonings and an option for grilling right on the grates or cooking inside foil. Either way, grilled zucchini makes a great side dish for Sloppy Joes!

Grilled potatoes in foil garnished with rosemary sprigs

Grilled Potatoes

With garlic and rosemary, these grilled red potatoes are golden, tender, and amazing with Sloppy Joes. They’re cooked using parchment and for perfectly cooked potatoes (and easy clean-up, too). 

Four ears of corn with crumbled cheese and cilantro on a blue plate

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Not just a delicious appetizer, grilled Mexican street corn makes an awesome side, too. Sweet corn on the cob is cooked until tender, then smothered with typical elote ingredients–mayo, crema, Cotija cheese, chili powder, and fresh lime juice. The flavors pair perfectly with everyone’s favorite sloppy sandwich! 

Megan with a bowl sliced red onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions add so much flavor–either to the side of Sloppy Joes or right on top! To make them, cut a small red onion into ¼-inch thick half-moons and add them to a jar or bowl. Top with the juice of 2 or 3 limes and a big pinch of salt. Stir or shake and let it all hang out for 15-20 minutes, tossing occasionally. 

A vivid bowl of tortellini pasta salad, featuring diced tomatoes, red onions, black olives and ham along with fresh basil leaves, is presented on a table with the individual raw ingredients displayed nearby.
Photo credit: Simple Joy

Tortellini Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a cool and easy companion to Sloppy Joes. This tortellini salad, with pasta and veggies tossed in a creamy Italian dressing, can be made ahead of time so easy to serve this Sloppy Joe side, too!

A big bowl filled with macaroni tossed with chopped celery, diced red peppers, and herbs, accompanied by two wooden serving spoons.
Photo credit: Carlsbad Cravings

Macaroni Salad

Creamy, classic macaroni salad is one of those crowd-pleasing Sloppy Joe sides that is the perfect companion for the deliciously messy sandwich. This one’s tangy, a little sweet, and easily customizable. 

A vibrant bowl contains black beans, pinto beans, corn, diced avocado, bell peppers and red onion garnished with cilantro and lime wedges, accompanied by tortilla chips.
Photo credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

Cowboy Caviar

When you’re wondering what to serve with Sloppy Joes, this cowboy caviar is the answer! Part salsa, part dip, part salad, cowboy caviar is tangy and fresh tasting with beans, black-eyed peas, corn, fresh veggies, spicy jalapeno, and lots of cilantro. 

A bowl displays black bean salad featuring chopped avocados, tomatoes, corn, and red onions on a marble surface accessorized with a blue napkin.
Photo credit: Cookie + Kate

Black Bean Salad

Canned black beans, corn, crunchy bell peppers, and lots of veggies make this black bean salad shine! It’s the perfect companion for Sloppy Joes, and can be made ahead of time. Easy and delicious! 

A colorful broccoli salad features chunks of red cabbage, specks of pecans and cranberries, all glazed in a creamy dressing.
Photo credit: Bless Her Heart Ya’ll

Broccoli Salad

Tangy Greek yogurt lightens up this fresh broccoli salad with walnuts, red onion, smoky bacon, and sweet dried cranberries. It’s a colorful side that’s a great side for Sloppy Joes!

A clear glass bowl contains a colourful mix of quinoa, chopped avocados, tomatoes, black beans and cilantro garnished with lime wedges.
Photo credit: Fannetastic Food

Quinoa Taco Salad

With lots of creamy avocado tossed with quinoa, tomatoes, bell peppers, beans, salsa, and cheese, this fresh-tasting salad pairs well with the saucy sandwiches! 

A bowl of fresh cabbage slaw topped with herbs and spices, accompanied by a black fork, rests on a white background.
Photo credit: The Forked Spoon

Apple Slaw

Sweet and crunchy apples join up with cabbage and tangy whole mustard in this fresh slaw-style salad. This crisp salad might just be the ultimate answer to the question, “What to serve with Sloppy Joes?!”

A skillet holds garnished potato wedges atop a blue-striped cloth.
Photo credit: Adventures of Mel

Steak Fries

What’s a good old-fashioned sandwich without fries? These seasoned steak fries are cooked until crispy and tender, and, when served up with Sloppy Joes, they’re the perfect pair.

A white bowl holds a colorful fruit salad consisting of sliced peaches, blackberries, blueberries, and pomegranate seeds against a light background.
Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

Fruit Salad

Who doesn’t love fruit salad?! This version has sweet berries, juicy peaches, crisp pomegranate arils, and fresh basil for a refreshing, sweet companion to your Sloppy Joe feast. 

A white bowl contains a colourful tomato and cucumber salad, complete with chunks of ripe tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, red onions, and fresh herbs on a white background.
Photo credit: Simple Joy

Cucumber Salad

Everyone loves cucumber salad! This classic crisp salad has sliced cukes with tomato wedges and strips of red onion tossed with an Italian-seasoned vinaigrette. 

A bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese is in close-up view, with a similar pot in the background, positioned near a red and white striped towel on a kitchen table.
Photo credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

Mac & Cheese

What pairs with a classic comfort food favorite like Sloppy Joes? Another classic comfort food favorite: Mac and cheese! This version is a stovetop mac that comes together quickly and easy, with tender elbow macaroni in a thick and rich cheese sauce. 

Two sealed jars of homemade pickles with fresh dill and spices are displayed on a counter featuring a light background, accompanied by pickle slices on a wooden board.
Photo credit: Southern Living

Homemade Dill Pickles

Pickles have a home alongside just about any sandwich, but are especially good as a side dish for Sloppy Joes! These homemade dill pickles are crisp and tangy with loads of fresh dill. 

A tray of vivid, roasted vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, green beans and onions rests in a white baking dish on a light surface.
Photo credit: A Couple Cooks

Grilled Vegetables

A colorful array of fresh veggies goes perfectly with Sloppy Joes! These roasted vegetables include green beans, bell peppers, zucchini or yellow squash, onion, and mushrooms, all flavored with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and rosemary and are roasted until tender and delicious. 

Spiced sweet potato fries with lime wedges and a side of ketchup are presented on a white background.
Photo credit: Fannetastic Food

Sweet Potato Fries

These smoky spiced sweet potato fries bring a few more nutrients to the table, plus, they’re delicious! They’re tossed with cumin, cracked pepper, and olive oil, then baked until crispy and tender. Yum!

A pot contains kidney beans in a thick sauce, some slightly crushed, topped with visible bacon pieces and pierced by a dipped ladle.
Photo credit: Recipe Tin Eats

Baked Beans

What’s a burger without baked beans?! These smoky baked beans are thick, rich, and full of flavor–and one of the most perfect sides for Sloppy Joes we can think of! 

A beige ceramic bowl holding a fresh green salad composed of chopped lettuce, sliced red onions, and dill.
Photo credit: Pinch of Yum

Bistro Salad

This light and crunchy salad is just the green veggie side you’re looking for. Crisp greens, fresh herbs, and pickled onions are tossed in a tangy vinaigrette for a refreshing side that everyone will love. 

A bowl filled with colourful corn salad, avocados diced, vibrant red onions, and green herbs, is accompanied by tortilla chips on the side.
Photo credit: Cookie + Kate

Corn Salsa

Crisp, refreshing, and a little spicy, this sweet corn salsa hits the spot! Corn, onion, cilantro, and jalapenos join up with lime juice, vinegar, and spices for this colorful salsa that’s great next to–or on–Sloppy Joes.

A bowl of egg salad is adorned with chives and red onions, dusted with black pepper, and displayed on a marble surface with a spoon.
Photo credit: The Forked Spoon

Egg Salad

Classic egg salad brings even more protein to the equation with hearty, healthy eggs! This version has onion, chives, and pickle juice for a full-of-flavor affair. 

A fresh fennel and apple slaw on a textured ceramic plate with thinly sliced apples and fennel mixed with chopped herbs, positioned on a marble background.
Photo credit: Recipe Tin Eats

Vinegar Coleslaw (No Mayo)

If you’re not a fan of creamy coleslaw with mayonnaise, this vinegar-based coleslaw is for you! No mayo in sight, just crunchy cabbage along with crunchy fennel, sweet apple, dill, and caraway seeds. It’s a great cool counterpoint to hearty Sloppy Joes!

A spinach salad, speckled with pecans, orange segments, and chunks of feta cheese along with red onion rings and hard-boiled eggs is presented on a white plate accompanied by a gold fork resting on a linen napkin.
Photo credit: A Couple Cooks

Spinach Salad

If you’re looking for dark leafy greens to go along with your Sloppy Joes, this spinach salad is where it’s at! Fresh spinach, smoky pecans, hard-boiled eggs and/or apple, and a balsamic vinaigrette make a hearty salad that’s a refreshing counterpoint to the tangy sandwiches. 

A vibrant salad of diced watermelon, cucumbers, and yellow bell peppers, garnished with nuts and seeds on a white oval platter.
Photo credit: Minimalist Baker

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Cool watermelon joins up with cucumber, tomatoes, and creamy avocado along with spicy Calabrian peppers for a unique twist on watermelon salad that goes perfectly with the flavors of Sloppy Joes. That gorgeous golden mango vinaigrette takes it over the top!

A bowl of golden-brown breaded chicken nuggets sits next to a side of garnished sauce on a white ceramic plate, accompanied by a green cloth napkin.
Photo credit: Well Plated

Fried Pickles

These crunchy fried dill pickles are made in the air fryer, for a lighter take on deep-fried pickles. Serve them up with Greek yogurt ranch sauce for delicious dipping. 

A colorful salad composed of cucumber slices, halved cherry tomatoes, radish slices, chopped red onions, garnished with fresh herbs.
Photo credit: Jessica Gavin

Avocado Salad

Crisp veggies pair up with creamy avocado in this refreshing salad. The cilantro lime dressing takes it over the top! It’s the perfect veggie side.

A summer salad contains sliced avocados, peaches, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and olives garnished with pumpkin seeds on a white platter over a checkered napkin.
Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

Tomato Peach Salad

This quintessential summer salad has fresh peaches, creamy avocado, and crisp cucumbers on a bed of greens, all topped with fresh basil leaves. The creamy dill tahini dressing seals the deal! 

A bowl filled with golden-brown, crispy tater tots accompanied by a smaller dish of vibrant red ketchup.
Photo credit: The Forked Spoon

Air Fryer Tater Tots

Puffs of potato that are crisp on the outside and light inside–what’s not to love about tater tots?! These tots are made from frozen and cooked up in the air fryer for super easy, extra crisp potato goodness. 

A decorative white bowl on a wooden surface, housing corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and garnished with lime.
Photo credit: Feasting at Home

Southwest Pasta Salad

Pasta salad meets Tex Mex deliciousness in this kicky side! Curly pasta, black beans, juicy cherry tomatoes, and corn are tossed in a spicy chipotle ranch dressing. This one’s full of veggies and a great answer to the question of what to serve with Sloppy Joes!

A bowl holds a combination of chunky potatoes, sliced green onions, crispy bacon bits and a creamy dressing, accompanied by a wooden spoon.
Photo credit: Le Creme de la Crumb

Bacon Avocado Potato Salad

This creamy concoction levels up potato salad in every way! With baby potatoes, crisp celery, scallions, creamy avocado, and smoky bacon in a tangy lightened-up dressing. Yum!

A wooden bowl contains a vibrant salad of spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, red peppers, red onions, pecans and feta cheese; it's positioned on a striped cloth with a glass of water nearby.
Photo credit: Carlsbad Cravings

Strawberry Salad

This juicy strawberry salad is fresh, tangy, and a great side dish! Crisp greens are tossed with strawberries, caramelized pecans, pears, cucumbers, red bell pepper, and onions. Ramen noodles and salted sunflower seeds add crunch and goat cheese crumbles add tangy creaminess. That strawberry balsamic vinaigrette seals the deal!  

A salad in a light grey bowl, featuring mango, avocado, bell pepper slices and garnished with parsley and spices, is accompanied by a silver fork.
Photo credit: Feasting at Home

Jimaca and Mango Salad

Crunchy jicama sticks, crisp cucumber and bell pepper, and sweet mangoes join up in this fresh salad with a bit of heat thanks to aleppo chile flakes. 

A Greek salad is presented in a white bowl with wooden servers, comprising olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and herbs on a light textured surface.
Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen

Orzo Salad

With fresh herbs and tons of veggies, this loaded orzo pasta salad makes an amazing side! It’s easy to make ahead of time, too. 

A white bowl contains Mexican street corn salad, cilantro, and cotija cheese, served with a wooden spoon on a striped cloth background.
Photo credit: Love and Lemons

Street Corn Salad

Charred corn kernels are tossed with scallions, cilantro, fresh jalapeno peppers, and Cotija and then tossed in a creamy lime-mayo dressing. This one has it all! 

A plate of golden-brown fried green tomatoes with a side of dipping sauce is positioned on a rustic table.
Photo credit: Spend With Pennies

Fried Green Tomatoes

Thick green tomato slabs are coated in cornmeal and fried until tender and delicious. Serve them next to–or inside!–your Joes. 

A bowl filled with potato salad, topped with bacon bits and herbs, rests on a light grey surface, accompanied by a striped napkin and a wooden spoon.
Photo credit: Plated Cravings

German Potato Salad

Tangy and smoky, German potato salad is a great hearty side dish that makes the perfect Sloppy Joe side! Creamy potatoes, bacon, onions, and a tangy hot dressing give this potato salad so much flavor. 

A decorative bowl holds a vibrant mango salad made up of diced mango, chopped greens, and herbs; garnished with lime wedges and a honey drizzle on a white table.
Photo credit: Minimalist Baker

Shishito Mango Salsa

This smoky, chunky salsa features charred shishito peppers, mangoes, and more fresh flavors for a unique salsa that’s both sweet and spicy. Serve it alongside Sloppy Joes with some chips, or eat it like a salad! It’s excellent served right on your Sloppy Joes too.

A white bowl contains a colorful salad of roasted sweet potatoes, fresh spinach, corn, tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds, accompanied by a separate dish of dressing.
Photo credit: Love and Lemons

Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad

With roasted sweet potatoes, apples, and tomatoes, this twist on potato salad is full of flavor! The chipotle dressing brings a tangy heat to the equation. 

Golden fried plantains are scattered with salt, paired with a bowl of green sauce on a white surface.
Photo credit: Pinch of Yum

Crispy Tostones

Hearty plantains are cut into slices and fried until crispy. Add plenty of salt and eat them like French fries!

A fresh arugula salad with shaved parmesan and pine nuts is presented in a white bowl with wooden serving utensils.
Photo credit: Wholesome Yum

Arugula Salad

Fresh arugula joins up with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts for this simple and easy salad. The tangy lemon vinaigrette is excellent with the peppery arugula! 

A bowl of thinly sliced red, yellow, and orange bell peppers garnished with fresh chives, rests on a wooden cutting board.
Photo credit: A Couple Cooks

Bell Pepper Salad

A medley of colorful bell peppers makes this delicious bell pepper salad! Strips of crisp and bright peppers join up with onion plus a tangy vinaigrette for a vibrant and crunchy Sloppy Joe side dish. 

A Greek salad sits in a bowl, comprised of sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives and feta cheese, accented with herbs and lemon wedges on the side.
Photo credit: Simple Joy

Mediterranean Salad

The crisp, fresh veggies in this salad make a vibrant display next to Sloppy Joe Sandwiches. This one is super simple and easy to make, and a total crowd pleaser!

A bowl brimming with homemade potato chips with a crispy golden texture, and speckled with salt and pepper, rests on a white surface.
Photo credit: Well Plated

Air Fryer Potato Chips

Crisp and crunchy potato chips, made right in your air fryer! Make them up to a week ahead of your camping trip or barbecue, and store them in an airtight container. 

Subscription Form Bottom of Post

Save this post!

Enter your email and we'll send this post to your inbox! Plus, you'll receive our newsletter full of great tips for all your outdoor adventures.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.