KFC Copycat Coleslaw

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Who’s ready for the start of BBQ season? It’s my favorite! Hangin’ out with the people you love. Sittin’ on the deck and smellin’ the smoke and anticipatin’ the flavors. I pretty much adore summer!

It wouldn’t be a legit BBQ without some coleslaw, now would it?

KFC Copycat Coleslaw 7

Cabbage has never been on the top of my food faves list. But it is growing on me. Especially cole slaw, which I used to detest as a child.  My daughter is in love with coleslaw. It’s a little crazy. But she inhales the stuff.

I have discovered that coleslaw on top of hamburgers or pulled pork sandwiches is the best! It add crunch and moisture and flavor and a ka-pow factor!

It is the perfect summer side dish and easy to make.

I have found that one of the most important aspects to making delicious cole slaw is to cut up the cabbage and carrots into small pieces.  Some people even give it a whir in the their food processor. So this small or even smaller is best.

KFC copycat coleslaw

You might be worried after you cut up your cabbage that you are making enough for an army, but look at how much it shrinks after you add the dressing and let it sit for a bit.

kfc coleslaw

KFC Coleslaw

KFC Coleslaw

It is best to make it a least an hour or two before you’re going to eat it so it can really soak in the flavors and meld and jive together.

Now, you can go make plans for a BBQ this weekend. Or heck, sneak one in during the week!

KFC Copycat Coleslaw

Yield: Serves 8-10


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups cabbage, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded, then chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion (optional)


  1. Mix together the mayo, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar and salt.
  2. Shred the cabbage and carrots into very small shreds, or use a food processor to make fine shreds.
  3. Mix cabbage, carrots and onion in a large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over cabbage and stir until coated.
  5. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe Source: Top Secret Recipes


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  1. Melanie Randall says

    I’m sorry. Who stirs their coleslaw on the railing of their outside deck? Haven’t you ever heard of a kitchen counter? 😉

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