Nana's Southern Coleslaw

87 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 20 m
Recipe by  Krissy

“Just an old family recipe that I have been told is reminiscent of KFC coleslaw. You be the judge! To speed things up I sometimes just buy an already shredded bag of cabbage with carrots in it and then just chop it a little finer.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Mix cabbage, carrots, and onion in a large salad bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and black pepper in a separate bowl until smooth and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture and mix thoroughly. Cover bowl and refrigerate slaw at least 2 hours (the longer the better). Mix again before serving.

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Linda (LMT)

Linda (LMT)

Excellant! I made a double batch for a picnic and none was left. I went a little lighter on the sugar and used half the milk and half the buttermilk called for and it was perfect! I also used a grater to grate the onion into the dressing so it would be distributed well. Very very pleased with this recipe. It was the ideal blend of snappy and sweet. Thank you Krissy.



Well Krissy, for "just an old family recipe" this sure is delicious and it does remind me of KFC's version! To cut back on the amount of chopping I did as others as well as the submitter suggested and bought a bag of coleslaw mix. I also opted to lighten this up a bit by using Hellman's light mayo, reduced fat buttermilk, and 1% milk. I poured everything into a large tupperware container and refrigerated for a few hours - definitely the longer the better! Great side dish for bbq ribs!



Loved it. Just like KFC. I substituted 1-16 oz. bag coleslaw mix for the cabbage, carrots, & onion. Didn't do any additional chopping. Delish.

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 184 cal
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs
  • 20.3 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 274 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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