Don’t like store-bought Cole Slaw? Or think you don’t like Cole Slaw in general? I am extremely picky when it comes to Cole Slaw and the only kind I really liked was from KFC. So when I saw Sabrina’s copycat recipe on her blog Dinner, Then Dessert, I had to try it. I only had to tweak it slightly and it’s amazing!

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Do you have that one thing that has to be juuuuuust right in order for you to eat it? I think of a story my friend Brenda told me. Their family went out to eat and her son Will was excited to order the meatloaf. But when he got it, he hated it because, “It doesn’t taste like yours.” Ahhhhhh, yes. Doesn’t taste like mom’s. (I also need to put that meatloaf recipe on the blog because you guys will love it.)

Small bowl of cole slaw with a fork above it holding cole slaw. Another bowl in the background.

Below I listed a number of kitchen tools that you will need to make this recipe. Of these tools, the most important one is the food processor. (Unless you’re wanting to combine cooking with an intense arm workout.) My mom told me a story about when she was making these Korean Egg Rolls and she had shredded all the cabbage by hand. She was very sore for several days and complained about it enough that my grandma thought it was necessary to buy her a food processor. (I think maybe grandma really liked that egg roll recipe too!)

Anyway, I used 1/2 of a large green cabbage for this Cole Slaw and I can’t imagine having to shred all of that by hand. Don’t have a food processor? Now is the time. I promise if you tool around my site you will find plenty of opportunities to use it.

Clear bowl of cole slaw with another bowl in the background.

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Ingredients Needed for Cole Slaw:

  • Green cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Milk
  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice

Kitchen Tools Needed for Cole Slaw:

KFC Copycat Cole Slaw

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 183 kcal


  • 8 cups shredded green cabbage approx. 1/2 a large head, shredded using food processor and shredding disk
  • 2 carrots peeled and shredded (using grater)
  • 1/4 cup shredded onions shredded (using grater)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs white vinegar
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Toss the cabbage, carrots, and onions together in a large mixing bowl.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

  3. Pour the contents of the medium mixing bowl over the cabbage mixture and toss well. 

  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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