KFC Coleslaw Keto Copycat

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I have an AMAZING treat if you miss creamy, tangy and sweet KFC Coleslaw.

And, there is a ridiculously easy bonus BBQ Sauce recipe at the bottom of the post if you want the low carb BBQ sauce recipe that I used on the ribs in the photos!

Check out this dinner!

Smoked BBQ Ribs, Low Carb KFC Copycat Coleslaw and baked cherry tomatoes on the vine…oh, and my usual mason jar filled with spicy iced tea.

I have been meaning to post this recipe for a while and now that we are in the thick of Summer, I thought it would be the perfect time.

I know that most of our readers live in areas that are HOT right now and this no cook side dish is going to go great with BBQ and other options that wont heat up the kitchen.

This dish takes about 10 minutes to make and even less if you use the pre-shredded bags of cabbage.

It’s so easy that I almost feel guilty calling it a recipe.

Lets make the Keto Coleslaw!

Keto Coleslaw
  • Gather all of your stuff together.

The two veggies in this dish are cabbage and green onions.

While traditional coleslaw calls for white onions, green onions or chives have a lot less carbs in them while still giving off the “onion” flavor.

I have omitted the shredded carrot in this recipe in the interest of keeping it low low carb for a big serving (I hate it when you get excited about a Low Carb Keto Recipe only to find out that a “serving” size is two bites or something ridiculous like that).

I’m a grown WOMAN and I need a grown WOMAN sized portion.

Plus, I like food and it’s the reason I joined the Keto Lifestyle…I’m not good at acting like a nice person when I’m hangry. I feel bad when I think of what poor Thom endured throughout all of the “low-fat” diet attempts over the years.

Or you can buy the pre-shredded stuff if you are in a hurry. I shred my own because the “coleslaw” mixes at the store include carrots. But it is a big time saver.

I just use the shredding disk on my food processor and through it on the top shelf of the dishwasher…if I couldn’t and had to hand wash than I would use the bag style cabbage.

I like this model because the price is reasonable, it doesn’t take up a ton of room and yes, it is top rack safe.

If you use your food processor more then just occasionally maybe you would need a fancier model, but this one does the trick for me.

Chop the green onions by hand of course….and toss the two together.

  • Mix the rest of the ingredients up in a smaller bowl until creamy.

I have always loved KFC’s Coleslaw. And, who doesn’t? It’s full of sugar and has a tangy, sweet combo that makes plain ‘ole cabbage taste like a treat.

But, if you are eating Keto for your health then you know it’s off limits. So, this recipe can be “tweaked” a little to your liking.

The most important ingredient here is the Sweetener.

You can substituent another low carb sugar substitute if you don’t want to use erythritol but make sure to read about Keto Sweeteners here before you go using Splenda, NutraSweet or any of the chemically derived options.

Some of them have some nasty side effects and some are damn dangerous and should be banned  (in my ever so humble opinion). While erythritol can have some undesirable side effects if you eat TOO much of it, we think it’s the best tasting and safest option for sweetener.

  • Substitutes for White Pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar

Of course you can substitute the pepper and apple cider vinegar for what you have on hand. Or, if you happen to like white vinegar better than go for it.

I do suggest that you use fresh lemon juice if you can over the bottled version because….lets be honest, the bottled version tastes weird. And, I am not a fan of storing something as acidic as lemon juice in plastic.

I do love those little lemon shaped containers…they are adorable. But I think they make the juice taste weird and I don’t like the idea of how many chemicals can potentially leach into the juice.

I think this is as close to KFC COLESLAW as you can get….

But, as always, feel free to experiment. Almost every ingredient in the list is *to taste.

I hope you enjoy this coleslaw and if you want the recipe for the  Low Carb BBQ that I used on the ribs in the photos…check it out below the coleslaw recipe. It’s way too easy !

Also…if you have never had baked cherry tomatoes you’re missing out.

The “tomato” flavor shines when they are brushed with olive oil and heated up on the grill or in the oven…these are bursting with flavor!

More Keto Recipes to Love:

KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe Keto Gluten free

Keto KFC Coleslaw Copycat

If you love KFC's signature colesalw than you are in for a treat. This fantasically healthy side dish compliments any healthy Keto dinner or can stand alone. It's easy, keeps well and can be served in mixed company (Non-Keto people love it too). Low carb and high fiber!
4.71 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 105 kcal


Large Mixing Bowl


  • 8 Cups Cabbage Shredded ( or use food processor to shred your own)
  • 1/2 cup Green onions Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt Pink salt is my favorite
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper *to taste and use black if you don't have white pepper.
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar *White can be used
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Erythritol *or to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl add cabbage and onions.
  • In a second bowl, mix all other ingredients until smooth.
  • Toss together, mixing thoroughly. Store in the fridge for 4-8 hours before serving if possible. The longer you let the flavors meld, the better.


2 Net Carbs Per 1 cup serving!


Serving: 1gCalories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSodium: 203mgFiber: 2gNet Carbs: 2gFat Ratio per Serving: 85.71%Protein Ratio per Serving: 3.81%Carb Ratio per Serving: 7.62%
Keyword 10 minute side dish, Easy Keto Sides, LCHF Side Dish, Low Carb Sides
Tried this recipe?Mention @ketocastleinthemountains or tag #ketocastleinthemountains!

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. If you ever feel like anything is off on this or ANY site, you should feel free to do your own calculations.

Easy BBQ Sauce Bonus Recipe

Keto BBQ Ribs

(Approximately  1.75 Net Carbs per tablespoon)

It’s difficult to measure BBQ sauce on meat…right? I also like to add some erythritol to course mustard & dip my ribs in it. It’s not EXACTLY honey mustard sauce but it’s pretty good.


  • 2 – 6oz cans of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt (or whatever you like)
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika (this is key)
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar erythritol (to taste)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Put all of this in a saucepan and simmer on low for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have the “brown sugar” erythritol you can add a bit of molasses….but it does add some carbs so don’t be too heavy handed.

This will last in the fridge for a week or so. Store it in a clean mason jar in the fridge or freeze it if you want to save some for a BBQ emergency later.

Cheers and Keto on!


If you need some dessert to go with your bbq, you can find those here.

4.71 from 27 votes (21 ratings without comment)

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this slaw to go with your chicken fried steak recipe last night and wow wow wow! I am so happy that I found you guys!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this coleslaw for Christmas Eve Eve. We always make fried chicken and it was perfect. I also made the Cauliflower mash which nicely replaced the grits I always serve and it was a perfect meal!

  3. This is the best cole slaw ever. My kids had no idea that it was low carb and asked for seconds. I’ll be saving this one to make again and again.

  4. Hi Gladys! You flatter me with your kind words and to tell you the truth they are making me well up a bit. I am so happy that my tiny site has helped you and it only makes me want to try harder. I really really appreciate the kind words and encouragement. People like you make this fun! Merry Christmas!

  5. 5 stars
    I miss KFC and as a single person buying small amounts of food at a time I always thought it was a good answer to the “what’s for dinner” question. But, after being diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year I had to give it up and try to get healthy. I have lost almost 80 pounds and use your easy recipes all the time. Thank you for making Keto easier for this 70 year old that never really thought it would work. I am going to make your cranberry sauce this afternoon and can’t wait to have it with my air fried chicken. Bless you child for the good work you’re doing. There is no way that I can ever thank you enough.

  6. Hi Brad! I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better from now on. I have corrected the issue but I cannot guarantee that you won’t see it again. Apologies, I don’t want to cause you physical pain. Your hyperbole while correcting my grammar did give me a chuckle this morning. Thanks and I’m glad you enjoyed the slaw. Cheers! Brenna

  7. 5 stars
    Not trying to be the grammar police, but your use of than instead of then causes me physical pain.

    Good coleslaw though!