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KFC Coleslaw Copycat

Kfc coleslaw copycat 

A KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe! The coleslaw dressing is made with Miracle Whip and tastes just like the original KFC cole slaw. Make this today for a tasty side dish.

When I was a kid, I remember eating KFC quite often, especially because there were always coupons coming in the mail. We’d get it for picnics and family gatherings, and one of my favorite things from KFC has been and always will be the coleslaw. I don’t know what it is about KFC coleslaw that draws me in, but I love it. And despite the fact it has literally been years since I’ve had KFC, I still get the hankering for the coleslaw which is why I’m so excited to have figured out this KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe. It is so very similar to the original that I think you might have a hard time telling the difference.

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How to Make KFC Coleslaw

The key to making your coleslaw just like KFC is in the dressing, and the way that you finely chop the ingredients. After much research, I determined that one of the key ingredients to a KFC Coleslaw Copycat is that you must use Miracle Whip and not real mayonnaise. I am a Hellman’s girl myself, but I specifically made a special trip to the store, just to buy Miracle Whip. The taste difference really does make a difference so step #1 to making a KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe at home is… go buy Miracle Whip!

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Another important step in this recipe is the 24 hours you need to let this coleslaw sit in the refrigerator to chill. If you whip up this batch of KFC coleslaw and plan to eat it immediately, it WILL NOT taste the same. You need to give it time to hang out in the fridge so that all of the flavors can blend together. Trust me, do not skip this step!

It comes together in about 20 minutes, the longest task will be to simply get the cabbage and carrots chopped. And of course, if you want it to look like KFC coleslaw, you’ll need to take the time to pretty finely chop the cabbage and carrots. I did it by hand with a good sharp knife, but you could certainly use a food processor.

Once it chills, you’ll be left with a KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe with dressing that tastes just like the original, thanks to the miracle whip. Serve this at potluck’s or summer BBQ’s and this will get rave reviews, promise!

Oh, and don’t forget to finely chop the onion, you don’t want an overpowering onion taste, right?


KFC Coleslaw Copycat

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Prep Time: 20mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 20mn


  • 1 cup miracle whip (not mayo)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 8 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup very finely chopped onion
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  1. In a large bowl combine oil, vinegar and sugar. Add in onions and celery salt.
  2. Stir in miracle whip.
  3. Toss the cabbage and carrots together.
  4. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrots, stir well.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving for the best result.

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