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Traditional Coleslaw Recipe {KFC Copycat!}

Crunchy, sweet, creamy and tangy -- this traditional coleslaw recipe is the perfect side dish for all of your summer cookouts, picnics, and potlucks!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword easy coleslaw, homemade coleslaw, KFC coleslaw recipe, southern coleslaw, traditional coleslaw recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 - 12 people
Calories 133kcal
Author Blair Lonergan



  • In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage and carrots. Set aside.
    Chopped cabbage and carrots in a large white bowl
  • In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, sour cream, vinegar, grated onion, lemon juice, salt, celery salt and pepper.
    Whisking together coleslaw dressing in a glass measuring cup
  • Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture. Toss to coat.
    Pouring homemade coleslaw dressing over cabbage and carrots
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight) before serving.
    Square overhead shot of a wooden bowl of the best traditional coleslaw recipe.



  • For the classic KFC coleslaw texture, use the shredding disc on a food processor to chop the the cabbage and carrots into a very fine dice. The food processor also makes the job very quick and easy!
  • Grate the onion very finely. I use a microplane for this task, which creates an onion pulp that blends smoothly into the dressing. You'll also want to include the juices from the grated onion for more flavor.
  • Chill the coleslaw for at least 2 hours (or overnight) before serving. This gives the vegetables a chance to marinate in the dressing for the best flavor and texture.
  • Just like KFC's, this coleslaw dressing is very thin and will accumulate at the bottom of the dish. That's normal! Just drain off any extra dressing or use a slotted spoon for serving.


Serving: 1/10 of the recipe | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2231IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg