Copycat Recipes

KFC Coleslaw

Elen Rustick By Updated July 7, 2023

This quick and easy copycat KFC coleslaw recipe will satisfy all your takeout cravings! You only need simple ingredients: cabbage, carrots and red onions. Then you add ascrumptious creamy dressing and voilà!

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KFC Coleslaw

Whenever I crave a refreshing salad, I love making this coleslaw recipe! It’s creamy, tangy. It’s perfectly delicious!

The name “coleslaw” comes from two Dutch words. “Kool” means “cabbage” and “sla” means “salad.” So coleslaw is literally “cabbage salad”.

Plus, this homemade Kentucky Fried Chicken coleslaw is really easy to make. All you have to do is to bring the ingredients together and mix. Then you let the fridge do the rest!

What is in Coleslaw?

To make a flavorful KFC coleslaw, you’ll need:

  • Vegetables: This version includes cabbage, carrots, and a red onion.

  • Mayo, milk, and buttermilk: Mayonnaise, milk, and buttermilk add flavor, give the dressing texture and creaminess.

  • Sugar: Sugar brings sweetness, and creates a perfect match with the tartness of the other ingredients.

  • Lemon juice and white vinegar: lemon and vinegar add pep to the dressing

  • Seasonings: Seasonings is simple here as you only need salt and pepper.

How to Make Coleslaw Dressing

To make the dressing, you just need to mix the mayo, milk, and buttermilk with the lemon juice, vinegar, and seasonings.

KFC Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time2 hours
  • Total Time2H20 min
  • Servings6-8
  • Yield6-8

Level: Easy


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For Dressing:

For Veggies:


How To Make KFC Colesaw

(Optional) Salt the cabbage to make a crispier cole slaw. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse and drain the cabbage. Remove excess moisture with paper towels or a clean cloth.

In the mixing bowl, add the milk, butter milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper.

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Whisk them together into a creamy sauce.

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Stir in the chopped cabbage, carrot and red onion.

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Mix everything thoroughly.

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Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours; ideally overnight.

Serve with Ina Garten Lamb Chops, Lipton Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf, Wingstop Fries. It’s also delicious on a Sierra Turkey Panera, or as garnish alongside this Seafood Sensation Subway.

Tips for Making Authentic KFC Coleslaw

  • Use a food processor to shred the vegetables. Any brand will do as long as you have the correct blade accessory.

  • Salt the cabbage to pull moisture out of the vegetable. That way, the coleslaw dressing won’t get diluted, and the cabbage will stay crispy for longer. Salt the shredded cabbage before you add any other ingredients. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and squeeze the shreds. Pat dry with paper towels before you add cabbage to the dressing.

  • Let sit in the fridge for a day or two before eating, so the flavors meld together, resulting in a tastier salad.


  • Low Fat Coleslaw: To reduce the fat, replace buttermilk and mayonnaise with Miracle Whip. Just add the same amount of Miracle Whip as you would mayo and buttermilk. In France, we don’t have miracle whip. Instead, we have low-fat mayonnaise that does the trick.

  • Asian-Inspired Coleslaw: To make an original coleslaw, replace the mayonnaise with a mixture of 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon honey. Instead of using a red onion, you can add 2 green onions.

  • Apple Coleslaw: This is a variation I like a lot. I add one chopped apple to the coleslaw. The apple adds a natural sweet taste that I truly find delicious and fresh.

  • Greek Coleslaw: I also like to add 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley to make a greek version of the coleslaw.

What to Serve with Coleslaw

I like to serve kfc slaw with:

  • Barbecue ribs, bbq chicken, or crispy fried chicken, I find that it makes a fresh side

  • Sandwiches or wraps. I use it as a vegetable filling

  • Fried seafood like fried shrimp or fish and chips.

How to Store

Since this homemade kfc cole slaw contains mayonnaise, you should keep it in the fridge for 3-5 days max.

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Have You Tried This Recipe

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 171Calories
  • 10.4gFat
  • 19.3gCarbs
  • 1.7gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6-8
Amount per serving
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat10.4g13%
Saturated Fat1.7g 9%
Cholesterol6mg 2%
Sodium271mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate19.3g 7%
Dietary Fiber2.4g 9%
Total Sugars16.6g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium57mg 4%
Iron0mg 0%
Potassium200mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.