I’m a sucker for a great “copycat recipe”. I think we all have our favorite restaurant foods or condiments and being able to recreate it at home is awesome. I don’t think it takes anything away from the restaurant experience. Honestly, I’m pretty sure most people will still frequent their favorite restaurant regardless of knowing how to make a favorite dish at home. But it’s just exciting to know that you can make it if you really want to.
KFC coleslaw is one of those things for me. In general I don’t like coleslaw. But the exception to the rule is when I’m eating at a KFC. I really don’t know if Col. Harlan Sanders actually came up with the original recipe but it’s the best, IMO. I love it! And knowing how to make it at home is extra awesome.
Today we had a burst of sunny warm weather. And after a long winter, the first sight of sunshine and temperatures over 60 degrees always sucks me into a summery mindset for a day or two. I found myself craving picnic food. BBQ and picnic salads. So as luck would have it, I had all the ingredients for the best copycat coleslaw that I’m going to share with you today.
Here’s the secret or key ingredient combo – a mix of acidic ingredients (lemon juice, vinegar, and buttermilk) and granulated sugar. The buttermilk is super important. Don’t skip this part. I realize buttermilk isn’t a common staple for most people. But if you don’t want to bother with finding and buying real buttermilk, it’s also available in a powder form that can be quickly and easily mixed to the amount you need for any recipe. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand, but that’s just a personal preference.
I hope you’ll give this a try next time you get a craving for really yummy coleslaw or need a quick side dish for BBQ. ♥️
Copycat KFC Coleslaw
2 – 14 oz bags coleslaw mix (no dressing, just cabbage and carrot shreds about 8 cups total)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until smooth. Combine coleslaw mix and dressing mix in a large bowl and combine well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavors to fully develop. The cabbage will release extra moisture as it marinates in the dressing. This is normal. Give the coleslaw a final stir just before serving. Enjoy!