A simple mixture of crunchy cabbage and carrots in a deliciously creamy dressing, this slaw is easy to make and a big crowd pleaser.
Does anyone else have KFC memories from childhood? My dad would make Popeye’s runs when we were kids. He always liked their chicken better.
What’s in this Southern Coleslaw Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade coleslaw:
- Green cabbage
- Matchstick carrots
- Garlic Powder
- Dry mustard
How to make this Southern Coleslaw Recipe
There are two steps to making this easy coleslaw recipe: the cabbage mixture and the dressing.
Make the cabbage mixture
Doing the cabbage can be as easy or as hard as you make it. Either shred a head of green cabbage by hand, using a sharp knife, or in a food processor with a grater attachment.
You could also grab a pre-cut coleslaw mix from the grocery store.
Either way, you’re going to want to cut the shredded cabbage nice and small so you get that restaurant-style texture. The coleslaw at KFC is chopped really small.
Do the same thing with the carrots, unless you can also find a pre-cut bag of matchstick carrots at your local grocery store.
Make the dressing
The tangy dressing is the best part of this Southern coleslaw recipe! Simply whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Then, add the cabbage mixture to the same bowl and toss it in the dressing. No need to use a separate bowl. This way, there’s less to wash!
How to Serve Southern Coleslaw
This is the best coleslaw recipe for bbq chicken, burgers, dogs, fried chicken and so much more! Its tangy flavor and subtle sweetness balance out so many main dishes. Here are my favorite ways to enjoy it:
- Pile it on top of your favorite pulled chicken or pork sandwiches.
- Serve it on the side of grilled meats, burgers and dogs.
- For a low carb meal, toss it in a salad bowl with sliced grilled chicken breast.
This southern-style coleslaw is a classic! It’s best to make this easy recipe as-is, but here are some simple modifications you can make:
- I use plain white vinegar in this recipe, but you can substitute apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.
- Try diced orange bell pepper instead of shredded carrots. They’ll give the same sweetness and color. I started doing this because the Big Guy is allergic to carrots.
- If you like the color that red cabbage offers, use a mixture of half green and half red cabbage instead of all green.
How long will coleslaw last?
Coleslaw can last for several days if properly stored in the refrigerator. Typically, coleslaw can maintain its quality for up to three to five days when stored in an airtight container.
Be sure to start with the freshest ingredients possible to maximize the life of your slaw.
Can this Southern Coleslaw Recipe be made ahead of time?
Coleslaw is one of those side dishes that actually tastes better after it sits for a while. If you make this classic coleslaw recipe ahead of time and give it a few hours in the fridge, the dressing will naturally soften the cabbage without taking away its crunch.
Also, the flavors of the dressing will have a chance to harmonize.
So this slaw is a great make-ahead option for backyard barbecues and potlucks.
When you make this Southern Coleslaw recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more delicious side dish recipes, try these:
- Healthy Southwestern Coleslaw Recipe (no Mayo)
- Sweet Summer Corn & Scallion Salad
- Easy Black Bean & Corn Salad
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad
- Bowtie Pesto Pasta Salad
Creamy Southern Coleslaw Recipe (Restaurant Style)
- 1 head of green cabbage washed and diced (or two 14 oz. bags of pre-cut cole slaw mix)
- 3 cups matchstick carrots omit if using a pre-cut bag mix
- 2 Tbsp. diced yellow onion
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 5 Tbsp. white vinegar
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
- Whisk all ingredients except the cabbage and carrots together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cabbage and carrots and toss to coat. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.