Today, I’m sharing the very best coleslaw recipe in the world! It’s so similar to a coleslaw made right here in Utah by a famous fried chicken restaurant and drive-throughs. The name of the restaurant is KFC™ or Kentucky Fried Chicken™.
This restaurant is the second largest to McDonald’s™. The company was founded in 1952 with the first franchise opening right here in Salt Lake City, Utah by a man named, Pete Harman. They now have over 22,000 locations globally with units in 150 countries as of December 2019.
Most people in Utah are well aware of the 11 herbs and spices that make such juicy and flavorful fried chicken. Mark and I frequent the restaurant about once a year, if that. Our favorite side dishes are their coleslaw and mashed potatoes with gravy.
You can buy their products in different volumes/packages. Mark likes to buy their bucket size and then refrigerate or freeze what’s left over. Since many of their locations are co-operated with an A&W Rootbeer facility, we’ll usually buy some of that delicious drink too.
I have tried to come up with the right ingredients after years of practicing with different items to make this copycat KFC™ coleslaw recipe. This recipe is creamy, and sweet, but not too sweet, with a little tang to make it the perfect slaw.
If you have a family reunion this year, you may want to make this salad and be ready to hand out the recipe.
The Very Best Coleslaw Recipe
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The Very Best Coleslaw Recipe
Gather the ingredients so you’re ready to make this recipe. It’s so easy and tastes so good! Here’s a hint I learned when I taught classes in a fancy kitchen center, if you don’t have fresh lemons, then use this Santa Cruz organic lemon juice.
You will never go back to the cheaper lemon juice, I promise. 16-Ounce Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice (only the 16-ounce size). It works great in every recipe calling for lemons, you will love it. It may be hard to find in some grocery stores, just giving you the heads up.
Grab a large mixing bowl, and combine the shredded coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, and finely chopped onions. Set the bowl aside while you make the coleslaw dressing.
Grab a pint-size mason jar or a medium-size bowl. Combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, milk, granulated white sugar, lemon juice, and white vinegar. Now, whisk until smooth.
Slowly pour the homemade coleslaw dressing over the bowl with the coleslaw mix, carrots, and onions.
You may need a larger bowl if you double the recipe as I did. We have a large family that drops by to visit, so I tend to make a larger batch while I’m at it. Mix thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste.
Chill in your fridge for at least 2 hours so the flavors mesh together. Enjoy.
- 1 14-ounce bag coleslaw mix
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed or bottled
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Grab a large mixing bowl, and combine the shredded coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, and finely chopped onions.
2. Set the bowl aside while you make the coleslaw dressing.
1. Grab a pint-size mason jar or a medium-size bowl.
2. Combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, milk, granulated white sugar, lemon juice, the white vinegar and whisk until smooth.
3. Slowly pour the homemade coleslaw dressing over the bowl with the coleslaw mix, carrots, and onions.
4. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Chill for at least 2 hours so the flavors mesh together. Enjoy.
How do I store this recipe once it’s made?
I store it in my fridge in a Tupperware-type container that is airtight.
How long is this coleslaw recipe good for?
Two things, it can’t stay at room temperature for more than 2 hours or it must be discarded because bacteria will grow quickly in the salad. If properly stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container, it will be safe to eat for 3-4 days.
Can I chop the cabbage instead of buying it in a bag?
Absolutely, this recipe is so flexible, you can purchase shredded carrots and cabbage or shred it all yourself. I purchased the bags to make my life a bit easier, it’s all good, either way.
Can I use purple cabbage?
You can use green or purple cabbage, either way, this recipe is delicious.
Is there a difference between coleslaw and slaw?
I call this salad coleslaw or slaw, but there really are some slight differences, let me explain. Coleslaw is typically made with green or purple cabbage and added to shredded carrots with a mayonnaise dressing.
Slaw on the other hand is made with different vegetables, such as chopped broccoli, chopped carrots, chopped jicama, and chopped onions. In other words, any chopped vegetables will work for slaw. You can use the same salad dressing, it’s so good, I promise, you will love it.
What Can I Serve With This Coleslaw Recipe?
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Barbecued Chicken
- Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
- Fish Tacos
- Egg Rolls
- Corned Beef Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef
- Chicken Rolls-Ups
- It makes a great side dish with just about any sandwich or meat entree.
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Please let me know if you make coleslaw and what is different in your recipe? When I was growing up, we took mayonnaise with a little milk, a bit of sugar, and some salt and pepper. We chopped the cabbage and stirred it all together. This recipe is so much better, my friends! It’s all about cooking or baking from scratch and teaching our kids and grandkids this awesome skill. May God Bless this world, Linda