Best Coleslaw Ever (According to me…)

 Quite simply the best coleslaw ever. This recipe is flavorful, sweet and tangy but not heavy or gooey. While not a true KFC copycat it has the same sweet flavor as KFC does which is what makes this one such a hit. We love this with pulled pork, fish tacos, BBQ, and all those summer picnics and parties. It is the all time most popular recipe on the blog!

This week we have a wonderful holiday on Friday! I’m putting some extra recipes up just in case you need some new ideas for good food.  Enjoy the extra posts.

When we got married, my husband told me he did not like coleslaw.  I took him at his word until we had some at KFC and he scarfed down the entire bowl!  As it turned out, he generally did not care for coleslaw but he liked the kind that KFC made.  Can I just say that marriage is an adventure of learning and discovery that can leave a young woman feeling somewhat down the rabbit hole from time to time.  My extended family always thought my coleslaw was excellent so I set about to figure out what it was Jonathan liked about KFC coleslaw.

After testing a few recipes on him I arrived at the secret.  Sugar.  He wanted a sweet slaw that balanced nicely with vinegar and was unsullied by his archenemy, Raw Onion.  It should also limit the offending vegetable, Carrot, to a moderate amount.  My final version is one that most people enjoy.  It is not pretentious or fancy in any way.  Now Jonathan will ask to have coleslaw with dinner, whereupon he will eventually remove the serving bowl from the table swearing he could eat the entire batch if we don’t put it away.  Wife 1.  KFC 0.  Not that I was keeping score or anything…

I think the easiest way to do coleslaw quickly is in a food processor.  Texture is everything and I think coleslaw should have a fine, light and airy texture in your mouth.   I have an 11 cup Cuisinart that I have been hauling around with me for almost 10 years now.  I have worn the plastic off one button and Jon had to glue part of the handle back together this year.  I use it all the time so I’m impressed it’s still going.  This is my go to for shredding and slicing many veggies and big blocks of cheese. Click here to see on Amazon.  I don’t know how it stacks up to other machines or what the best price on it is because I have not shopped for one in forever.  If you do buy one, make sure it comes with a grating and slicing attachment – they are the most useful part!

Fourth of July is less than a week away.  This is the perfect recipe to have come Friday.  Happy 4th!

Another great summer side dish you might enjoy is this popular recipe for Hoisin Glazed Zucchini.

Hoisin Glazed ZucchiniQuite simply the best coleslaw. This recipe is flavorful, sweet and tangy but not heavy or gooey. It is absolutely perfect with pulled pork or fried fish.

Best Coleslaw Ever (According to me…)
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Serves: 8-10 servings
  • 8 cups shredded cabbage and carrots (three carrots and ½ of a large cabbage)
  • ½ cup sour cream (reduced fat OK, fat free not OK)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (reduced fat OK, fat free not OK)
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  1. Combine vegetables in large bowl.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl; pour over vegetables and mix well.
  3. Cover and chill for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Serve.
Using reduced fat sour cream and mayo makes the recipe much less caloric without sacrificing flavor.

This recipe is participating in the Weekend Potluck.

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32 thoughts on “Best Coleslaw Ever (According to me…)

  1. Great site Mirlandra! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

    I also could not find the macaroni I tasted. 🙁 not very savvy on the net)


  2. Not that I was keeping score or anything. Made me chuckle.
    I’m looking for a coleslaw recipe for lunch tomorrow.

  3. Oh my goodness! You do share some awesome recipes. This is another one that grabbed my attention. Thanks a million for your faithfulness to share with us at Weekend Potluck. Enjoy a safe and fun 4th!

    • Thank you so much. You made my day! I enjoy hanging out with you guys at Weekend Potluck. It is always fun!

  4. Well lookie there! Hope we make your day even better…this recipe received most clicks at last week’s Weekend Potluck party, so is being featured this week. Way to go! :-} Keep those awesome recipes comin our way!

  5. This is the first time I have visited your site; I found this recipe on Pinterest. I just made this and it’s Yummmyy! My husband said it is the best he’s ever had … That’s always a winner!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    • I’m so glad it was something you all enjoyed! My husband is pretty darn crazy about it and for most of the year it is the most popular recipe here on the blog so you are not alone 🙂

  6. I make mine almost the same, instead of sour cream I use 1% milk. The next time I make it I’m using your recipe, I love sour cream. Thanks for posting Cheryl

  7. made this yesterday for a family gathering. was a huge hit! next time i will have to double it. thanks for such a simple yummy recipe.=)

  8. Hi, just wondering what kind of vinagar? I have white, red wine and apple cider vinegar. Making pulled pork sandwiches.

  9. I have been looking for a good coleslaw recipe, and this is the best one yet! I added shredded sharp cheddar cheese to mine, because I love putting cheese in my slaw! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Yes, truly the best coleslaw! Just the right balance of sugar and vinegar. This is so much better than recipes calling for all mayonnaise – using it with sour cream makes it so fresh tasting! Definitely in my favorite recipe list. Will take the suggestion above to add grated cheese next time – that sounds great. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    • Thank you! It is a real family favorite and it makes my heart happy to know you loved it too 🙂 I need to try the grated cheese too – it sounds really good! Happy cooking!!!

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