SoCal Sloppy Joe Salad

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This has been the craziest week and it isn’t even over yet.  In one week we fit in a trip to Joshua Tree to hike and explore, went to a theme park, the aquarium and a beach day, tons of work deadlines for both me and my husband, a working trip to LA and a cheer competition for my daughter in Lake Elsinore.  I don’t know how we’ve managed to handle it all, but we have and I’ve even found time to make elaborate dinners.  Okay, that last part is a lie. I needed major help from my pantry and freezer this week and the favorite creation was this Sloppy Joe Salad.

Sloppy Joes are a family dinner staple, and for most Americans, hold a lot of nostalgia.  I’ve always loved them and the sentimental feels I get when eating them.  We had Sloppy Joe night regularly as a kid, so that familiar flavor always brings me back to my childhood dinner table, sitting with the people I loved the most.  Unfortunately for me, somewhere near 30 my body decided that whenever I put gluten in it, it would freak out.  Buns are now a distant memory as are those traditional Sloppy Joes, best eaten with both hands.  But you know what?  Manwich Sloppy Joe is not a one trick pony and I honestly think I prefer it in salad form!

When I lived in Los Angeles for some years, I found and quickly became obsessed with a local Argentinian restaurant’s signature salad.  It was the first time I ever had a salad with rice in it and I thought that was super brilliant.  Now, it’s a common combo.  That salad featured chicken, so when I was brainstorming of non-bun ideas for my Sloppy Joes, my mind went right to that salad.

If you follow me, you’ve probably noticed that my recipes are on the healthier, nutritious side.  I think of my food as multivitamins and am ALWAYS adding fresh produce and non-glutinous grains to my food.  Whenever I’m prepping a meal for dinner I think, “what veggies can I add to this?”  Back when I could eat buns, my favorite way to eat a Sloppy Joe was with avocado and a fried egg (** takes a minute to daydream about that**) and so it only made sense to add avocado to this situation.  That’s where I got the name, since everything with added avocado is suddenly “California style”, which equals delicious.

My daughter, who has always been an adventurous eater, is super picky when it comes to salad dressings.  She’ll eat every vegetable and animal under the sun but hates vinaigrettes.  Go figure.  Her favorite salad dressing is ranch, which was never one of my favorites until I started making it myself.  In an attempt to encourage my daughter’s bunny like tendencies and eat more salads, I make ranch all of the time and keep it in the fridge.  Ranch is the perfect dressing for this Sloppy Joe salad – like crazy delicious.

For my Sloppy Joe salad, I’m using a super tasty shortcut, one that moms all over have been using for many years – Manwich.  The tangy, meatless sauce works with much more than beef (think pastas, sandwiches) but, of course, is classically used for Sloppy Joes.  I used the original version today since it’s my favorite, but Manwich comes in three varieties: Manwich Original, Manwich Bold and Manwich Thick & Chunky.

As busy as this week was, it was choc full of memory making.  If I only get one thing right in life, I want it to be being a mother.  I had a blessed childhood, brimming with awesome memories.  Those memories have made me the happy person I am today and that’s how I want my kids to feel and be when they are all grown up.  Memories are not just made on vacations and at theme parks though, they are also made at home, together.  We cook as a family since we all really enjoy it.  We also eat together and so food ties with good memories, which is the foundation of comfort food like Sloppy Joes!  That’s why we made tonight a Manwich night!  Head over to Manwich for recipes and more!

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SoCal Sloppy Joe Salad

servings: 4

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can Manwich Original
  • 2 romaine heart, sliced into ribbons
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • ranch dressing, to taste
  1. Over medium high heat, brown ground beef and drain.  Return to pan and mix in Manwich Original.  Set aside.
  2. In 3-4 serving bowls, add a scoop of brown rice, romaine ribbons and Sloppy Joe mixture.  Top with cheddar and avocados.  Finish with drizzles of ranch dressing to your taste.  Enjoy!

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  1. Joan
    March 18, 2017 at 7:49 am — Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    Love this recipe. Can you provide your homemade ranch dressing recipe. Looking for a one
    Thank you

  2. March 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    Of course Joan! I use Ree’s recipe here -> but instead of mayo I use veganaise (prefer the taste) instead of sour cream I use Mexican crema (prefer the taste) and I add a couple more cloves of garlic (also to taste). Everything else, to the recipe except I don’t add tobasco.

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