KFC Coleslaw Knock-Off

by Cate on May 28, 2009


Sometimes I feel like coleslaw doesn’t get the love it deserves.  More often than not, when dining out at casual restaurants, the little cup of coleslaw on your dinner plate is a little bit of an afterthought, like the lettuce garnish.  Pushed aside and often ignored.

Liking coleslaw, good coleslaw, I always have a bite when we go out, to see how their version stacks up.  It’s hard to find good coleslaw.  Really.  And it shouldn’t be, after all, it’s little more than a dressing and shredded cabbage.  What’s to screw up?

I have been trying to get all my recipes filed (as if!) and came across a copycat version of KFC’s coleslaw recently.  With just a few simple ingredients, it came together in literally minutes.  The directions indicate chilling for a few hours first, but before I stuck it in the fridge, I snuck a bite.  It was ok, not a wow.  But after it had time to hang out in the fridge for a bit, it came together and became that coleslaw.  The one to trot out at your spring and summer barbecues.  The one to make use out of your bumper cabbage crop (I’m talking to you, Sarah!).  The one to have a proud spot on your dinner plate, commanding the proper love it deserves.  Afterthought no more, this is the one.

KFC Coleslaw Knock-Off
Recipe courtesy of Recipe Zaar

8 cups finely diced cabbage (about 1 head) (I used a bag of preshedded coleslaw mix so combined this ingredient and the carrots)
1/4 cup diced carrot
2 tablespoons minced onions
1/3 cup granulated 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

Cabbage and carrots must be finely diced.  Pour cabbage and carrot mixture into large bowl and stir in minced onions.  Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl and beat until smooth.  Pour over vegetable mixture and mix thoroughly.  Cover bowl and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.

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sharon May 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I’m so glad you tried this! I have seen this copycat recipe and always wanted to make it. Coleslaw isn’t my favorite but KFC coleslaw is another story :)

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Sarah Caron May 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

Oooh. KFC’s coleslaw is my fav. Such a yummy dressing.

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Cathy May 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

Coleslaw seems to be one of those things you either love or hate. I happen to love it as does my husband. And my dad…well, he would eat it every day if my mom would let him :) I’ll have to give yours a whirl soon.

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

This coleslaw looks very creamy and delicious! Great with a summer barbecue!

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Debbie May 29, 2009 at 10:04 am

Wow…that looks great! I had no idea the buttermilk is used in cole slaw….

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Michele May 29, 2009 at 10:55 am

I do the same thing. I always take at least one bite of the coleslaw just to see if it’s good. A lot of times it’s either too watery or has too much mayo. Yours looks just right. I’m going to have to try it this summer.


doggybloggy May 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

agghhhhhh coleslaw everywhere – yours looks so good I might give up not liking it…….

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Elyse May 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I’m more than happy to give coleslaw some loving :) I love cabbage and I love cole slaw. This one looks particularly delicious! Sorry I’ve been away for the past week; I had a good friend in town and wasn’t able to do much on the computer. I’m back now, though :)

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donna May 31, 2009 at 8:44 am

I make this version all the time and its my favorite!!

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