KFC Coleslaw

Delight in the creamy goodness of our KFC Coleslaw recipe, inspired by the famous side dish from Kentucky Fried Chicken. This tangy and sweet coleslaw perfectly complements any meal, offering a refreshing crunch and a burst of flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely grated
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup buttermilk, well shaken
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 cups or 1-16 ounce bag coleslaw cabbage, finely diced
  • ¼ cup carrot, shredded (omit if using bagged coleslaw mix)


  1. Prepare the Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together onion, sugar, mayonnaise, buttermilk, whole milk, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper until smooth and well combined.
  2. Combine with Cabbage: Add coleslaw cabbage and shredded carrot (if using) to the bowl. Mix until the cabbage is evenly coated with the creamy dressing.
  3. Chill and Serve: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld. Stir well before serving chilled as a delicious side dish.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes (including chilling time)
  • Servings: 4
  • Kcal: Calories can vary based on ingredients and portion size.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Chill Before Serving: For the best flavor and texture, refrigerate the coleslaw for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  2. Garnish Creatively: Sprinkle extra shredded carrot, parsley, or a dash of paprika on top just before serving to add a pop of color and flavor.
  3. Serve as a Side Dish: Pair KFC Coleslaw with fried chicken, grilled meats, sandwiches, or as a refreshing side at barbecues and picnics.
  4. Use as a Topping: Use it as a topping for burgers or hot dogs to add a creamy and crunchy texture.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigerate Properly: Store leftover coleslaw in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Stir well before serving leftovers to redistribute the dressing.
  2. Avoid Freezing: Coleslaw does not freeze well due to the high moisture content in cabbage, which can change its texture when thawed.
  3. Prevent Sogginess: If the coleslaw becomes slightly watery after refrigeration, drain excess liquid and stir well before serving to refresh its texture.
  4. Make Ahead: Prepare the dressing and chop the cabbage in advance, storing them separately. Mix them together just before serving to maintain optimal crispness.
  5. Single-Serve Containers: Consider storing individual servings in small containers for easy grab-and-go lunches or snacks.

Enjoy the fresh and tangy flavors of KFC Coleslaw with these tips for serving and storing, ensuring each bite is as delicious as the first!


  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Twist: Substitute white vinegar with apple cider vinegar for a slightly sweeter and fruitier flavor profile.
  2. Greek Yogurt Swap: Replace mayonnaise with Greek yogurt for a lighter and tangier version of the coleslaw.
  3. Spicy Coleslaw: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the dressing for a spicy kick.
  4. Asian-Inspired Coleslaw: Mix in shredded red cabbage, sliced green onions, and a dressing made with soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar.
  5. Creamy Dill Coleslaw: Incorporate chopped fresh dill into the dressing for a herbaceous and refreshing twist.
  6. Pineapple Coleslaw: Add diced pineapple and a squeeze of lime juice to the coleslaw mix for a tropical flavor burst.
  7. Crunchy Nut Coleslaw: Mix in toasted almonds or pecans for added crunch and nutty flavor.
  8. Avocado Coleslaw: Blend ripe avocado into the dressing for a creamy texture and subtle avocado flavor.
  9. Bacon Ranch Coleslaw: Stir in crispy crumbled bacon and a packet of ranch seasoning mix into the dressing for a savory twist.
  10. Citrus Coleslaw: Add segments of oranges or mandarins and a touch of orange zest to the coleslaw mix for a citrusy burst.
  11. Mango Jalapeño Coleslaw: Add diced mango and finely chopped jalapeño peppers to the coleslaw mix for a sweet and spicy flavor combination.
  12. Maple Dijon Coleslaw: Use a dressing made with Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar for a tangy and slightly sweet twist.
  13. Cilantro Lime Coleslaw: Mix in fresh cilantro leaves and lime zest into the dressing for a bright and citrusy flavor.
  14. Blue Cheese Bacon Coleslaw: Stir in crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon bits for a rich and savory coleslaw option.
  15. Sesame Ginger Coleslaw: Add toasted sesame seeds and a dressing made with ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar for an Asian-inspired twist.
  16. Pomegranate Coleslaw: Mix in pomegranate arils and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a festive and flavorful coleslaw variation.
  17. Buffalo Ranch Coleslaw: Combine buffalo sauce and ranch dressing for a spicy and creamy twist on traditional coleslaw.
  18. Tex-Mex Coleslaw: Add black beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes, and a squeeze of lime juice for a Southwestern flair.
  19. Honey Mustard Coleslaw: Use a dressing made with honey, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar for a sweet and tangy coleslaw option.
  20. Italian Herb Coleslaw: Mix in chopped fresh basil, oregano, and parsley with a dressing made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, and garlic for a Mediterranean-inspired coleslaw.

These variations offer a range of flavors and textures to customize your KFC Coleslaw, providing options to suit different tastes and occasions. Experiment with these ideas to create your own unique spin on this classic side dish!


  1. Can I use pre-shredded coleslaw mix instead of chopping cabbage myself? Yes, you can use a pre-packaged coleslaw mix for convenience. Adjust the amount of dressing as needed to coat the cabbage evenly.
  2. How can I adjust the sweetness of the coleslaw? Adjust the amount of sugar in the dressing to suit your taste preferences. Start with less sugar and add more gradually, tasting as you go.
  3. What can I substitute for buttermilk if I don’t have it? You can make a substitute for buttermilk by mixing regular milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using.
  4. Can I make this coleslaw ahead of time? Yes, KFC Coleslaw tastes best when refrigerated for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld together. Stir well before serving.
  5. Is KFC Coleslaw gluten-free? Yes, the ingredients listed in this recipe are typically gluten-free. However, always check individual product labels to ensure they are gluten-free if you have dietary restrictions.
  6. Can I add additional vegetables or fruits to this coleslaw? Absolutely! Feel free to add shredded carrots, sliced bell peppers, or diced apples for extra crunch and flavor variation.
  7. How long will KFC Coleslaw stay fresh in the refrigerator? It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Stir well before serving leftovers to refresh the flavors.
  8. Can I freeze KFC Coleslaw? Coleslaw does not freeze well due to the high water content in cabbage, which can affect its texture when thawed. It is best enjoyed fresh.
  9. How can I make KFC Coleslaw more creamy? Increase the amount of mayonnaise or add a dollop of sour cream to the dressing for a creamier texture.
  10. What are some serving suggestions for KFC Coleslaw? Serve KFC Coleslaw as a side dish with fried chicken, BBQ ribs, sandwiches, or alongside grilled meats for a classic Southern meal.
Elevate your meals with our homemade KFC Coleslaw, crafted to satisfy with its perfect blend of sweetness and tanginess. Ideal for picnics, barbecues, or everyday dinners, this recipe brings the classic KFC flavor right to your table.