Coleslaw (KFC copycat)

This Coleslaw is a new recipe to me that I tried out on the family over the weekend. My daughter Angela and her children Ginger and Charlie were visiting us from out of town, and my daughter Susan and her son Landon were here to visit with them, so I had plenty of expert taste testers. They gave this copycat recipe a thumbs up, so I am sharing it. My recipe is adapted  from one posted on the Food site.

Coleslaw (KFC  Copycat)
1 (16 ounce) bag tri-color shredded coleslaw OR, if you shred your own cabbage for the recipe you will need 8 cups of cabbage and 1/4 cup shredded carrots.
2 tablespoons minced onion (I used red onion)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Pour the shredded coleslaw into a large bowl. Stir in the minced onion. In a separate bowl (you may want to use a food processor) combine sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar, and lemon juice. Mix until ingredients are well blended. Pour over cabbage mixture and mix thoroughly. Cover bowl and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.

Mix the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar, and lemon juice together as a dressing for the coleslaw.

Refrigerate the coleslaw for several hours before serving. I used the shredded bagged cabbage for convenience in my recipe, and that was the one difference in my coleslaw and the "real" coleslaw I was trying to copy. Real KFC coleslaw is cut much finer than the pre-cut bagged type. So, if you really want to make an "identical" version of the KFC coleslaw, I think you would have to cut the cabbage with a fine disc on a food processor. I, however, was really happy with the version that I made, and will take the convenience of the pre-cut cabbage over shredding it myself because the taste of the coleslaw was still wonderful, and I like the coarser cut cabbage.


  1. Oh my heck! I am pretty picky about my coleslaw =o) but do love KFCs! I'll have to give this a try. Awesome! (And I would like the convenience of a pre-packaged slaw as well so I'm sticking with that) =o)

  2. Yes! I Love KFC's coleslaw, I am so so excited to give this a whirl! Perfect for those summer bbqs!! Whoohoo!!

  3. I do love coleslaw--this recipe looks like a keeper. Pre-shredded cabbage is wonderful. Use it and smile!

  4. I love slaw! I will definitely try your recipe. I usually buy the Marzetti (Light) Slaw dressing, but I also like to make my own. I love a vinegar or a creamy dressing, but hubby wants creamy.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  5. I love KFC coleslaw although I haven't had it now for years. I'm not a picky eater but I am picky about coleslaw as there are so many different kinds and they can be as different as night and day. I am excited about this one! Thank you so much!

  6. This looks delicious. I am pinning it to "My Recipes to Try" board :)

  7. Anita, this is a great recipe with that buttermilk, it's gotta be good! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I'm a big coleslaw fun. Now I have a new one to try.... thanks.

  9. I'll have to try this. Coleslaw is either great or not quite right, and KFC makes a good one!

  10. thanks!! I think buttermilk might be the secret.

  11. Thanks so much for linking up this delicious recipe @CountryMommaCooks....have a wonderful Sunday:)

  12. I'm rather picky when it comes to cole slaw, but I'll have to give this a try. It sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!