A KFC Cole Slaw Knock Off

Low Carb Cole Slaw

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Low Carb Cole Slaw—just in time for grilling season. We had this last night with grilled pork chops and strawberries and dip. My hubby loved it!


Cabbage is one of those foods that I never dreamed I would be buying almost weekly! I use it chopped and sprinkled in layers that would potentially have had pasta. I use it for Egg Roll Skillet (recipe coming soon), also known as egg roll in a bowl in many circles, and I use it without the meat at all in stir fried cabbage (sort of Egg Roll Skillet with no sausage). Gone are the days of smelly boiled cabbage that nobody would eat. Cabbage is now cool!



And so today, I bring you Low Carb Cole Slaw. This recipe actually began as a sugar-laden, high-carb KFC Cole Slaw knock off. I can’t attest to its tasting like KFC cole slaw now because we haven’t had much KFC, but I do know that my guys liked it a lot—and with the All Purpose Seasoning Mix, it is super easy!


There are options to not make it as low carb (but why not, right?). Oh, this is not a creamy slaw (though I guess it could be with more mayo or liquid). It is more of a crispy, barely-coated slaw, which my family likes better. (It is also good to put on sausage tacos, also made low carb—sort of like the Won Ton Tacos that they make at Applebees, which my guys crave!)


5.0 from 2 reviews
Low Carb Cole Slaw
Serves: 6 servings
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup creamy, milk-like liquid (see Note below)
  • 1 ½ TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup bulk sugar-free sweetener (Swerve, erythritol, xylitol, a blend, or Splenda)
  • ½ to ¾ tsp All Purpose Seasoning Mix (may just use salt & pepper here, but this is so much more flavorful!)
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • 16 ounce bag shredded cole slaw mix
  1. Combine all ingredients together. Refrigerate.
Note: The original recipe called for buttermilk. I would say that you can use any “milk” that your family is used to. I used half and half. (See Recipe Keys below for more info.)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 142 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 5 Sugar: 2


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Recipe Keys


Low Carb (LC): This is a very low carb recipe if made with the no-carb bulk sweeteners suggested and by using your normal low carb “milk” subs. I used half and half. Very low carb folks might want to use cream. Others might want to use almond milk or other non-dairy milk substitute in order to keep the carbs low.


Family-Friendly Low Carb (FFLC): With half and half, regular mayo, and sugar-free bulk sweetener (I used Splenda), my family loved this. If you don’t mind adding a few carbs, you could use whole milk and low fat mayo. This version would probably not be low enough for an under-forty grams low carb diet, depending on how much you eat, but would definitely work for FFLC.


Store-Bought-Stella (SBS): If you want to save money, you could use Splenda rather than one of the other more expensive bulk sweeteners suggested. I’m all about simplicity where possible (while still cooking and baking low carb and homemade), so I used the bagged slaw mix—a great SBS tip in general for veggies if your budget allows them.


Homemade Hannah (HH): Of course, this could be made more homemade if you do your own mayo and buy cabbage and carrots whole and shred them.


Freezer Cooking (FC): Don’t freeze this—or fresh salads in general (except for some fruit salads).


Trim Healthy Mama-Friendly (THM) (www.trimhealthymama.com): This can definitely work in an S setting very well with grilled meats and more! I would think you would be a little challenged to get it low enough in fat to use in an E setting—maybe use fat free mayo (is that allowed?) and almond milk or skim milk (?). Just some thoughts.


Sugar Free (SF): Sugar-free and healthy sweetener options! See ideas for sugar-free sweeteners here!


Gluten Free (GF): No reason to add gluten to this. Use my All Purpose Seasoning Mix, and you’ll be covered!


Low Carb Mixes (LCM): This recipe uses my All Purpose Seasoning Mix, a combination of amazing spices that is a great seasoning for meats, veggies, fish, salads, and more!

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