Easy Classic Coleslaw Recipe

A must have picnic side dish, this Easy Classic Coleslaw recipe is ready in minutes with just a handful of ingredients. Better than your grandma used to make, this one will be a permanent fixture all summer long.

Super easy Classic Cole Slaw recipe is better than KFC! So simple to make and ready in minutes. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

This recipe originally published on May 31, 2017 and was updated on May 23, 2019.

I have a little confession to make….I, actually, share them pretty often here because it’s like my safe space.  But this one, I know some people will judge a bit but that’s cool because I love KFC.

That’s right, I’m a big fan of Kentucky Fried Chicken and all it’s glorious sides.  Especially…..the KFC Coleslaw. It’s simple and perfect and not overly mayonnaise-y, which a lot of coleslaw tends to be.  

And it’s absolutely perfect alongside a pile of fried chicken. I really love when a bit of the coleslaw dressing seeps into the crunchy crust of the chicken, a little sweet/savory action right there.

Super easy Classic Cole Slaw recipe is better than KFC! So simple to make and ready in minutes. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

So, I created a creamy coleslaw recipe that’s totally inspired by the one I love at KFC. And frankly, I think this Basic Coleslaw recipe is even better than their version. I added a bit of greek yogurt to the dressing to lighten it up a bit without losing the flavor one bit.  You still get the classic creamy coleslaw without the extra fat and calories. 

How to Make Coleslaw

Perfectly shredded cabbage is the base for this Easy Classic Coleslaw recipe with a little chopped carrot throw in for color and a little extra crunch. The coleslaw dressing recipe is a perfect blend of mayonnaise, greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and, the coleslaw must have, celery seed.

Don’t skip it…it totally makes the dish! 

To make the BEST Coleslaw recipe:

  1. Toss the cabbage and carrot in a bowl to combine. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the remaining ingredients to make the coleslaw dressing.
  3. Pour the coleslaw dressing over the cabbage and toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Stir before serving, if making in advance.

And the best part….this easy Coleslaw recipe is BETTER THAN THE KFC Coleslaw recipe!


Super easy Classic Cole Slaw recipe is better than KFC! So simple to make and ready in minutes. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

How long does fresh Coleslaw last?

This healthy coleslaw recipe will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days if stored properly.

Be sure to transfer your coleslaw to an airtight container before placing in the refrigerator.

How long can Coleslaw last at room temperature?

Because bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, coleslaw should not sit out for longer than 2 hours. Discard any coleslaw that has been sitting out longer than that time frame to ensure you are serving safe food.


Super easy Classic Cole Slaw recipe is better than KFC! So simple to make and ready in minutes. | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

What to Serve with Creamy Coleslaw

This Easy Classic Coleslaw recipe is perfect alongside your favorite burger or barbecue chicken.  It’s the perfect addition for every cookout and the perfect coleslaw for pulled pork!

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We also like it alongside these reader favorites:

Barbecue Chicken thighs on a baking sheet.

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I also love this Buttermilk Coleslaw recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen!!!  It’s soooo refreshing with a great twist on a classic.

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Classic Cole Slaw Recipe

Better than KFC...this classic Cole slaw recipe is a staple at every barbecue!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 170 kcal


  • 3 cups finely chopped green cabbage
  • 1 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup low fat greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tsp sugar or honey
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage and carrot to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, celery seed and sugar until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Pour the dressing over the cabbage and stir to coat.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Coleslaw can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 0gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2175IUVitamin C: 8.4mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword cole slaw
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6 comments on “Easy Classic Coleslaw Recipe”

  1. My fiance is gluten free and LOVES coleslaw so this will be a big hit in our household. I’m a blogger from Pennsylvania too! 🙂 Love your blog!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  2. NO sugar??

  3. Hi Kelly crazy question, but how do you chop your cabbage to make it look like little squares?  All the restaurants have it perfectly cut and I cannot figure out how they do it.  My cabbage is in longer pieces, as I use a grater. Thanks for your help.

    • So, I put it through the shredder in the food processor and then chop it up the rest of the way with a knife. Not every food processor cuts them like that but I know you can buy chopped cabbage at the store, too. Hope that helps!

  4. Delicious!  I prefer no sweetener if the cabbage is already flavorful.

    It’s called a ricer blade if your processor is so equipped with interchangeable blades. Otherwise use the smaller grates on a box grater.

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