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Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

My Homemade Coleslaw Recipe is my favorite! A simple dressing that perfectly compliments freshly shredded cabbage, and is the perfect side dish for so many meals. Get your vegetables, and enjoy them too!

Coleslaw Recipe

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Okay. Confession time. I used to be an incredibly picky eater.

Like really, extremely, RUDELY picky.

When I first started dating my husband, we used to go over to his sister’s house for dinner sometimes. I would make him drive through Subway on the way over, and eat a sub before I got there just in case I didn’t like the dinner she made.

My sister-in-law is one of the best home cooks I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating with. Ever. Ever. Ever.

I was just cray.

KFC Coleslaw

She makes almost everything from scratch. Has an amazing eye for a recipe. And somehow just KNOWS when something will be incredible. I was just stupidly picky. In a, “Ewwwww! Mushrooms!” kind of way.

I wouldn’t actually SAY it, but I didn’t try anything, and had a LONG list of things that I just didn’t “like”.

So. lame.

It took me YEARS, and much prodding from Jeremiah to branch out and try some new things.

KFC Coleslaw

Want more recipes from my amazing family? Check these out!

Jen’s Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup was and is one of my favorite chicken soups. You have to try it! Her Garlic Fry Bread also is amazing, and this Beefy Mexican Casserole is a great change-up from your typical taco night.

My mother-in-law’s Homemade Clam Chowder will warm you up and fill you up on a cold night. Forget Dooger’s. This stuff is legit. She also introduced me to the magic ofChicken Marsala, and like whoa you guys. Still one of my favorite meals.

So, this is all to explain to you how I made it all the way to thirty years old without ever even tasting coleslaw. Yes. You read that right. THIRTY years without the magic of coleslaw.

Over the years I’ve tweaked and changed this recipe a bit to suit my own newfound Coleslaw connoisseurism, and I think you’ll enjoy it too!

How To Make Homemade Coleslaw

Homemade coleslaw is SO easy. This is a great recipe to pass off to a kid to make while you are busy getting things ready for the rest of the BBQ. P.S. This coleslaw would also be perfect with this Baked Fried Chicken from The Cookie Rookie! DROOOOOOOOOOL.

Place your sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Mix. Dumb in cabbage mix. Stir. Stick in the fridge. Done.

KFC Coleslaw




KFC Coleslaw

I ate this for a meal for lunch that day. Crunchy. Tangy. Sweet. Amazing.


What family favorite recipes do you have? Are you a reformed picky eater?

Yield: 6 servings

Coleslaw Recipe

KFC Coleslaw

Skip the pre-made coleslaw dressing and mix up a batch of your own! You probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry already

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 large bag tri-color coleslaw shreds
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients with a whisk. Dump in the coleslaw shreds, stir to evenly coat, cover, and refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors meld.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Thursday 28th of February 2019

130,000 calories per serving! D-Dang! :)


Sunday 18th of August 2019

i know right? when I saw that and all the 0s - o fat, o carbs, etc. I laughed a bunch - best laugh of the day and it Sunday too!!!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 28th of February 2019

Hah! Someone hit too many 0's somewhere along the line. :D

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Saturday 8th of February 2014

looks delish!! Love all the spice additions


Sunday 23rd of February 2014

Thanks! It is really wonderful!

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