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KFC Coleslaw Recipe

Updated on March 24, 2012

You Want to Make Coleslaw Just like KFC's?

What is it about KFC Coleslaw that provokes such adoration from its fans? "It tastes just like they make at the fast food restaurant," is not usually a positive comment. But people want the KFC Coleslaw recipe, and some people swear it's the best coleslaw they've ever had. Here are the recipes and variations I've found.

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The Not-So-Secret Secret Recipe for KFC Coleslaw

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A certain company has made a name for itself by selling cookbooks with "Secret" restaurant recipes. One of the most popular recipes in the book is the one for KFC Coleslaw. This is the recipe you see quoted most often on recipes sites around the web. It's circulated so much that I doubt most people even know that's where it came from.


* 8 cups finely diced cabbage (about 1 head)

* 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


Finely dice cabbage and carrots.

Place cabbage and carrot mixture into large bowl and add minced onions.

Using regular blade on food processor, process remaining ingredients until smooth.

Pour over vegetable mixture and mix thoroughly.

Cover bowl and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.

Variations on a Theme

Not everyone agrees that this is the correct recipe for KFC Coleslaw.

Here are several variations of the recipe, in no particular order.


1 head cabbage, shredded

1/4 cup carrot, finely grated

1 part mayonnaise

2 parts vinegar

1 tsp Sugar

2 Tablespoons green onion, finely minced

salt and pepper to taste

Combine cabbage and carrots.

Mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and green onion.

Pour over cabbage mixture. Season to taste. Refrigerate

for several hours before serving.

Note: I suspect the author of this recipe meant 2 parts mayo to 1 part vinegar, but I could be wrong.


The author claims that tarragon vinegar is the secret

ingredient in authentic KFC cole slaw.

4 1/2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar

6 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3/4 cup chopped onion

2 1/2 cups Miracle Whip

1 cup sugar

2 carrots

2 heads cabbage

Mix oil, onions and sugar.

Add tarragon vinegar.

Fold in Miracle Whip.

Pour over grated carrots and cabbage and mix well.

Refrigerate in an air-tight covered dish.


The author of this recipe claims to have worked at KFC and

made a whole lot of KFC coleslaw. He says that the dressing

contains only miracle whip, tarragon vinegar, salt and sugar.

Fun Facts About Coleslaw

Impress your friends at parties with your encyclopedic knowledge of slaw.

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Coleslaw can be traced back to Ancient Rome.

Creamy coleslaw became popular after the invention of mayonnaise in the 18th century.

The term "coleslaw" probably came from the Dutch word koolsla or koolsalade, which means cabbage salad.

Until the 1860s, it was known as "cold slaw." The Latin word cole, meaning cabbage, replaced the cold.

Read the TOTALLY FICTIONAL Origins of Coleslaw.

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    • Infohouse profile image

      Infohouse 4 years ago

      I love KFC's coleslaw. Thanks for the lens.

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      beckiekurtz 4 years ago

      there is a list of ingredients on the KFC website

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      A really helpful lens...

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      EcoLogik 5 years ago

      So good recipes. Cool lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the KFC coleslaw and I am going to try all these variations and decide which one I like the most or which one comes the closest to the "real" thing

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I sure do love the taste of KFC coleslaw. Lately, I've been trying Publix brand coleslaw and it is surprisingly pretty good for store bought. Great to have that recipe!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like coleslaw - and these all sound good.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      thanks - it is the buttermilk that I missed

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      I finally got a machine that can make the cabbage small enough and am going to make this. No more expensive orders and no more styrofoam cups! Yes.

      So...angel blessed

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      River_Rose 5 years ago

      I like your style ! Great info....thanks.

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      mySuccess8 5 years ago

      I love coleslaw, and your lens made me understand and enjoy this dish better. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, wonderful recipes.

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      RealTopSecretRecipes 6 years ago

      This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book "Top Secret Recipes" (Penguin USA c1993)

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      Coleslaw is my favorite side with fried chicken!

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      I've always loved the coleslaw, definitely going to try it. Nice lens, thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gotta try this, my favorite from KFC

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      so that's the secret of the KFC cole slaw .. I'll have to try it, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes!

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      Love coleslaw, can't wait to give these a try.... :)

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      The coleslaw is really the only thing I would eat at KFC! Thanks for the recipes!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent! Colonel Saunders will be turning in his grave!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      I am vegggie food lover.. Thanks for sharing nice Stuff here!!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Where did you get this recipe? Very nice. I will try this one. Thanks.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Lol...I had no idea that I would find this recipe when I started out today. Now you wouldn't happen to have the one for his chicken too would you? Best wishes.

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      mariatjader 6 years ago

      Thank you! I was looking for a perfect coleslaw recipe and landed on your lens. a Squid angel blessing*

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      Great recipe. Will try this one

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      TheCountrySignS 6 years ago

      Can't wait to try it. I love KFC coleslaw. My husband will eat the chicken and I take the coleslaw and potatoes. What a team!!!!! Love the lens. Thanks!

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      Demaw 6 years ago

      I really like good tasting coleslaw, will try them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I should try this recipe. thanks for share

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love kfc's coleslaw and wanted to make it, now I can, with the help of your lens. Great job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great kfc..

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Tasty Tasty! Thanks for making me smile.

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      calola56 6 years ago

      I believe the first recipe shown here is an accurate one.. except for the REAL secret ingredient: Horseradish! A tsp. of hot horseradish will give you the exact taste you're looking for!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I admit I've never eaten one but I'll give these recipe a try :)

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      Katrina Marie Britt 6 years ago from Oregon

      Love their coleslaw.

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      charder 6 years ago

      MMmm.... I love the colonel's cole slaw.

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      I can't wait to try this! I LOVE KFC coleslaw!! :-)

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      piedromolinero 6 years ago

      I love Coleslaw Salad. Never did it myself, but now as I have a recipe, I might give it a try.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      world best fruit juice monavie

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Exactly what an article (or lens) should be. To the point with small tidbits for flavor! Blessed by this Squid Angel!

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      welderbaby 7 years ago

      That is a really good receipe. Ive made it a few times. One of my problems is I never measure after the first time and I end up ading or subtracting stuff. Good job on the receipe.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      So this how it's done. I'm one of the many KFC coleslaw fans and I have always tried imitating the recipe but with no luck. Now, I can make one for me and my family. Thanks for sharing. 5*

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I am about to finally make this for myself. Can I use broccoli slaw also? and the none sugar made out of the substitute that is made from sugar, but healthier?

      Oh, and I just added you to stumbleupon! I hope it gets you lots of traffic! You deserve it for this great recipe.

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      Liza-Smith 7 years ago


      Coleslaw rocks!

      5 star for this great lens.

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      youanddave 7 years ago

      Yummy variations to try. We buy only that at our KFC and add it to other things we're eating at home. Thanks for sharing!

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      three c86a4 8 years ago

      Great lens. I'll have to make this recipe. I really like their cole slaw. Thanks.

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      rayray13 8 years ago

      That's my favorite thing to get at KFC

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      jipock 8 years ago

      Great Lens! 5*****

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      kimark421 8 years ago

      Great Lens. Now if we could just get that secret chicken recipe. 5 stars.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      Thanks! I love KFC cole slaw. Now I can make my own.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Oh my! This is my very favorite cole slaw ever, and I am a cole slaw afficianado! Wow, thanks so much. I bet now I can even make it with purple cabbage!

      I am adding this to my 7 cancer fighters lens!

      5* and thanks so much! It also goes to my squidoo library. I mean thanks!

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      RichLeighHD 8 years ago

      An excellent resource for anyone looking to make great KFC style coleslaw! It's a definite 5 stars from me. :)