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Kentucky Coleslaw

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


8 servings

Updated: Jan. 12, 2023
We love going to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Although we enjoy the chicken, we actually go for the coleslaw. We buy several pints at a time. I make several versions of cole slaw but we sometime just want this. I tried for several years before getting this recipe right. I think I have figured it out now.If you are in a hurry get a bag of the preshredded slaw mix. It is not quite as good as grating it yourself though. —Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Kentucky Coleslaw Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound finely chopped cabbage (about 8 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the first 7 ingredients until combined. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 3 days before serving.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 160 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 421mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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