KFC Coleslaw Copycat

The quest for the perfect coleslaw recipe ended triumphantly when I decided to recreate the iconic KFC coleslaw at home. To my delight, the result was a refreshing, creamy, and tangy side dish that perfectly mimicked the beloved original. My family was thoroughly impressed, claiming it was even better than the fast-food version. This homemade coleslaw became an instant favorite, requested at every BBQ and family gathering. Its crisp texture and balanced flavors make it an excellent companion to a variety of dishes, especially fried chicken, creating a dining experience that feels both comforting and gourmet. Let’s dive into how this delectable coleslaw comes together.


  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Medium head of Pink Cabbage (regular cabbage works well too!)
  • 2 tablespoons Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon White vinegar
  • 1 small Onion, grated
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, white vinegar, and mayonnaise. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for over an hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Wash the cabbage and soak it slightly in water mixed with a bit of vinegar, then slice it thin.
  3. Wash and peel the carrots, then grate them into fine strips.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the grated carrots and thinly sliced cabbage.
  5. Remove the chilled dressing from the refrigerator and pour it over the cabbage and carrots. Mix well to ensure all the vegetables are coated evenly.
  6. Let the coleslaw sit in the refrigerator for about 3 hours to cool and marinate. This step is crucial for developing the flavors.
  7. Serve chilled as a refreshing side to your favorite dishes.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: This recipe serves 6-8 people.

Calories per Serving: Approximately 70-90 calories per serving, making it a light and healthy addition to any meal.

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4 hours (1 hour for dressing, 3 hours for coleslaw)
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Cabbage Selection: While pink cabbage adds a nice color, regular green cabbage is just as delicious. For a crunchier texture, make sure the cabbage is fresh.
  2. Dressing Consistency: Adjust the consistency of the dressing with a little more yogurt or mayonnaise if desired. The key is finding the perfect balance that coats the vegetables without making them soggy.
  3. Serving Suggestion: For the best flavor, serve the coleslaw chilled. It’s a perfect side dish for BBQs, picnics, or as a complement to fried foods.
  4. Storage: This coleslaw can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s best consumed while fresh.
  5. Healthier Alternatives: For a lighter version, you can substitute the sugar with honey or use a low-fat mayonnaise.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use a food processor for the vegetables? Yes, a food processor can be used to shred the cabbage and carrots quickly and evenly.
  2. How can I make the coleslaw vegan? Substitute the yogurt and mayonnaise with vegan alternatives to easily make this recipe vegan-friendly.
  3. Can I add other ingredients to the coleslaw? Absolutely! Feel free to add raisins, apple slices, or nuts for added texture and flavor.
  4. What makes this coleslaw similar to KFC’s version? The combination of creamy dressing with the crispness of fresh vegetables, balanced with the tang of vinegar and sweetness of sugar, mimics the iconic KFC coleslaw taste.
  5. Can I make this coleslaw ahead of time? Yes, making the coleslaw ahead of time allows the flavors to meld together. Just be sure to keep it refrigerated until serving.
  6. Is it necessary to soak the cabbage in vinegar water? Soaking the cabbage helps to clean it and can also slightly soften the leaves for a better texture in the coleslaw.
  7. How can I prevent the coleslaw from becoming watery? Ensure the vegetables are well-drained after washing and before mixing with the dressing to prevent excess water.
  8. Can the coleslaw dressing be made in advance? Yes, the dressing can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. This can help enhance its flavor.
  9. Is there a substitute for white vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative, offering a slightly different but equally delicious tang.
  10. How do I adjust the seasoning if it’s too tangy or sweet? Adjust the sweetness or tanginess by adding more sugar or vinegar, respectively, until you reach the desired balance.

This KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe is a testament to the joy of recreating and perhaps even improving upon classic dishes at home. With its crisp texture, creamy dressing, and the perfect balance of flavors, it’s a side dish that will elevate any meal. Whether you’re a coleslaw aficionado or a newcomer to this classic side, this recipe is bound to impress.