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Sweet Coleslaw

Sweet Coleslaw is easy to make in less than 10 minutes with a sweet and creamy dressing. A great side dish for barbecue, tacos, fish and more.

I grew up making vats of traditional coleslaw for our family’s catfish restaurant and it continues to be a favorite fresh salad or just about any meal. 

Bowl of coleslaw with parsley garnish on a blue check napkin

Sweet Coleslaw ~ Traditional Coleslaw with Sweet Homemade Dressing

My kids love the sweet coleslaw from KFC so they asked me to come up with a homemade version that everyone loved even more than the restaurant version. If you start with a bag of slaw mix, this is one easy side dish!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Coleslaw Mix 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Dry Mustard
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper

How to Make Sweet Coleslaw:

bowl of slaw dressing ingredients

  • In a serving bowl, make the coleslaw dressing. Add the mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, salt and pepper.

creamy coleslaw dressing

  • Whisk together until smooth.

shredded cabbage and carrots in a bowl for coleslaw

  • Mix in coleslaw mix, stirring until well combined. 

coleslaw with creamy dressing in a bowl with a spoon

  • Coleslaw can be served immediately or covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

How to Make Ahead:

Make dressing up to 3 days in advance and keep in a covered container. Make the coleslaw up to 24 hours in advance.

How to Store Coleslaw: 

Store in a covered container up to 2 days, stir before serving. 

More Easy Side Dishes to Try:

Easy Green Salad is a classic made with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, Parmesan and croutons. Perfect to serve with your favorite dressing.

Cucumber Onion Salad makes a great side dish or topping for burgers. A summer favorite with a sweet and tangy dressing. 

Pineapple Cucumber Salad is a refreshing and delicious side dish that is an unexpected flavor combination that is sure to be a crowd favorite.

coleslaw in a bowl on a blue napkin, spoon, small bowls of salt & pepper all on a blue check napkin

There’s nothing I love more than brisket tacos, smoked brisket or pulled pork served with coleslaw. It’s also a must have for fried catfish or fish tacos.

It goes with practically any meal and is always a favorite for summer cookouts. This recipe is inspired by sweet KFC Coleslaw but it’s creamier and even more delicious. 

Sweet Coleslaw

If you are looking for an easy side dish, give this sweet coleslaw a try. It’s ready in less than 10 minutes and can even be made ahead. 

Yield: 8 servings

Sweet Coleslaw

bowl of coleslaw on a blue check napkin

Sweet Coleslaw is easy to make in less than 10 minutes with a sweet and creamy dressing.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 14 oz slaw mix

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    1. It’s a mix of shredded green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots. The mix I buy typically is predominantly green cabbage with a little bit of the other two for color.

    2. It’s just shredded cabbage with some slivered carrots. I just chop cabbage and don’t use carrots. You need about half a head of a medium head of cabbage.

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