Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

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If you’re looking to make the very best coleslaw recipe, this copycat Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw is made for you! Creamy and delicious, it’s the perfect potluck recipe.

Need more potluck recipes? We love bringing this easy fruit salsa to parties, served up with our homemade cinnamon chips!

Coleslaw in a white bowl for serving.
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Why this Recipe Works

When Chick-fil-a discontinued their coleslaw, they did an amazing next step. They shared the recipe!

So I made it, and loved it, and it tastes just like the original (well, I guess it IS the original). And thought I would share it with you in case you love coleslaw as much as I do!

  • Fresh ingredients!
  • Tangy and flavorful.
  • One bowl.

Favorite Potluck Recipes: Macaroni Salad | Loaded Potato Salad

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for chick-fil-a coleslaw recipe.
  • Cabbage- for an easy shortcut, I buy the already shredded cabbage mix for coleslaw. If you’re making your own, you can use green cabbage or a combination of red and green cabbage.
  • Mayonnaise- this is what gives this coleslaw it’s creaminess.
  • Vinegar- Chick-fil-a uses white vinegar, but you could also swap it out for apple cider vinegar. The vinegar adds the zesty tangy flavor to the dressing.
  • Sugar- just a touch of sweetness for the best coleslaw recipe!
  • Dry Mustard- adds a little flavor and spice to the recipe.

How to Make Coleslaw

Dressing for coleslaw in a clear glass bowl with a whisk.

Making coleslaw is so easy.

Step 1: Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, and salt in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy!

Step 2: Add in shredded coleslaw mix and fold over until completely coated.

PRO TIP: The Chick fil A coleslaw recipe calls for two bags of shredded cabbage and 1/4 cup shredded carrots. I bought shredded coleslaw mix instead! Huge time saver.

Step 3: Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

The flavor of this coleslaw is perfect. Not too sweet, not too vinegary…it’s JUST RIGHT. Try it. You’ll see.

Creamy coleslaw in a clear glass bowl with white spatula.

Serving Suggestions

Creamy coleslaw is perfect on a pulled pork sandwich! It’s also a great side dish for Instant Pot Hamburgers, Baked pork chops, and bbq chicken.

Swap out the lettuce on your sandwiches for a spoonful of homemade coleslaw. It’s a delicious addition, and a classic side.

Add some mix-ins. Sliced almonds, cranberries, and poppyseeds are great additions to coleslaw to give it a unique flavor!

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Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

4.62 from 447 votes
By: Aimee
If you're looking to make the very best coleslaw recipe, this copycat Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw is made for you! Creamy and delicious, it's the perfect potluck recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 bags shredded cole slaw mix 14 ounce each
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  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, and salt until smooth.
  • Add in shredded cole slaw mix and fold over with spatula until completely coated. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Make in advance. If you're shredding your own cabbage and carrots, you can do this a day in advance. You can make the dressing several days in advance and store it in the refrigerator separately from the cabbage.
  • Refrigerate Coleslaw before serving. By combining the slaw with the dressing for two hours in the refrigerator, it allows the cabbage to soften slightly to make it the perfect texture!
  • Hawaiian Slaw. Try our delicious Kalua pork with homemade hawaiian slaw. SO GOOD.
  • To make coleslaw healthier, swap out the half mayonnaise for plain Greek yogurt.
  • Chop it small. Love the small pieces of cabbage in your slaw? Make it your own by chopping all the cabbage and carrots into small pieces. This will make it more similar to KFC Coleslaw.See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.



Calories: 218kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 255mg, Sugar: 7g
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
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The BEST Copycat Chick fil A Coleslaw recipe. Creamy and zesty just like you expect it to taste!

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Posted on March 4, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe for cole slaw. Thank you, Aimee, for sharing it!
    I added a couple of squeezes of fresh lemon juice. In the summer I use lemon and lime juice. It tastes so refreshing!
    I made it today to accompany my fried cod fillets. Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    I modified slightly. I did not add the sugar and replaced with some thousand Island dressing . Lessened the mayo a bit, too. Delicious!

  3. I modified slightly. I didn’t add the sugar and instead added a couple tablespoons of thousand Island dressing and lessened the mayo a bit. Delish!

  4. I’m missing something clearly, are there measurements for the ingredients? It’s the second recipe I can’t find measurements of the sugar and vinegar etc in. 🥴. I’m obviously not firing on all 8 today!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy. Allowing it to sit for a couple of hours is important. When you first combine all the ingredients it tastes strong. After a couple of hours everything has mellowed to a perfect taste. I couldn’t find my cosher salt and had to use table salt. I ended up adding a little extra because table salt has a weaker taste. I also added a small amount of pepper. I will absolutely make this recipe again.

  6. 4 stars
    It is good but I still prefer the recipe from the C.I.A. cookbook I found over 25 years ago. More depth of flavor. And I also add shredded red cabbage (purple) for eye appeal. For those who don’t know: The Culinary Institute of America. Used to be on PBS over 25 years ago.

  7. Sure glad I don’t know this _______ (fill in with your favorite curse word). What a small unhappy little man he must be. LOSER🤨🤨🤨

  8. This sounds similar to my mama’s and she was a good cook. Looking forward to making it next month as part of a celebration dinner.

  9. Love this recipe. I was only making it for two people so I used one 16oz bag of slaw and reduced the ingredient measurements a bit. So delicious!!!

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