Coleslaw Recipe That’s Easy to Make

This coleslaw recipe makes a great side for lots of spring and summer meals. That could be burgers, BBQ, fried chicken and more.

This should taste a lot like the KFC coleslaw recipe that you might be familiar with if you ever eat there. I know the ‘slaw at Raising Cane’s is also pretty good, so maybe I’ll work on perfecting a copycat recipe for that one, too.

622 calories total, 4 servings. 3 ounces per serving, 155 calories per serving.

Cooktime: 5 minutes

Next time I make this, I’m doubling (or maybe even tripling) the mix that goes into it. There wasn’t quite enough for this one, although it did still taste good, which was a plus.

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What You’ll Need to Make This Coleslaw Recipe

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareKitchen knife (small)Amazon
CookwareMixing spoonAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoons (tbsp and tsp)Amazon
CookwareMeasuring cups (1 cup, 1/2 cup)Amazon
CookwareLarge mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareServing spoonAmazon
CookwareFood processorAmazon
Ingredient1, eight ounce bag of coleslaw mix with shredded carrotStore
Ingredient1.5 tablespoons white vinegarStore
Ingredient1 tablespoon sugarStore
Ingredient1/2 cup mayonnaiseStore
Ingredientsalt to taste (1/2 teaspoon)Store
Ingredientground black pepper to taste (1/2 teaspoon)Store

Step 1 of this coleslaw recipe: wash your coleslaw. Alright, maybe it’s just an optional step 1.

There’s a good chance that the stuff you buy will be pre-washed, so you can skip this part if that’s the case. It won’t make a huge different if there’s a little moisture in it, though.


Your next step is to finely chop it up on your cutting board or throw it in a food processor. The processor method will be a little easier, just more cleanup when you’re done, though. I pulled out the ol’ Cuisinart and revved it up.

food processor

You won’t need to process it very long, maybe 30 seconds tops.

coleslaw mix in food processor for coleslaw recipe

Once it’s mixed, it’ll look something like this:

chopped up coleslaw

After that’s done, set it aside for a few minutes to do this next part of the coleslaw recipe. Grab your large mixing bowl.

large bowl for coleslaw recipe

Once you get that, then grab your mayo, too.


Measure out 1/2 cup of mayo and throw that into the mixing bowl for this part of the coleslaw recipe.

1/2 cup of mayo

Next, get your salt and measuring spoons and put a 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the bowl.

salt and measuring spoon for coleslaw recipe

Once that’s done, do the same thing with the black pepper.


After that’s all taken care of, put 1 tablespoon of sugar into the large bowl.

putting sugar into large bowl for coleslaw recipe

Now that you’ve got all that stuff in the bowl for the coleslaw recipe, throw in your distilled white vinegar. Measure out 1.5 tablespoons of that.


After everything’s in the bowl, go ahead and grab a wooden spoon.

mixing coleslaw recipe ingredients

Once that’s mixed up a bit, dump the ‘slaw mix that’s in the food processor into the large bowl.

pouring coleslaw mix into large bowl

Once that’s in there, mix it up really well. If you just went with the single 8 ounce bag of coleslaw mix, you’ll end up with what I’ve got below. Using double or triple that amount of mix will yield you a better looking coleslaw recipe, but, ultimately, it won’t taste that different.

coleslaw recipe

Here’s a shot of it in the serving bowl:

coleslaw recipe finished


Coleslaw Recipe That's Pretty Easy

Recipe by Bob


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This coleslaw recipe should taste similar to what you get at KFC. If you go light on the cabbage/carrot mix, it won't, so consider 16 ounces (2 bags of the mix) minimum. As you'll notice, I went with 1.


  • Between 1-3, eight ounce bags of coleslaw mix with shredded carrot

  • 1.5 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • Salt to taste (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Ground black pepper to taste (1/2 teaspoon)


  • Shred coleslaw mix (more) in your food processor and set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, sugar, pepper, mayo and vinegar and mix well.
  • Dump the shredded coleslaw into the bowl and mix everything together.
  • Measure out 3 ounces per serving.


  • Calories were calculated by taking the total calories of all the ingredients and dividing by the weight of the final product in ounces. Each serving is 3 ounces.

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