I have an AMAZING treat if you miss KFC's creamy, tangy and sweet signature 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!
- 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.
- You can use a food processor to shred up the cabbage.
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 a KETO KFC COLESLAW COPYCAT 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 are 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!
Now that your mouth is watering...on to the slaw!
Keto KFC Coleslaw Copycat
- 8 Cups Cabbage Shredded ( or use food processor to shred your own)
- ½ cup Green onions Chopped
- ½ teaspoon Salt Pink salt is my favorite
- ½ teaspoon White Pepper *to taste and use black if you don't have white pepper.
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Sour Cream
- 2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar *White can be used
- 3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ½ 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.
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Easy BBQ Sauce Bonus Recipe
( 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.
LOW-CARB BBQ SAUCE RECIPE!
- 2 - 6oz cans of tomato paste
- ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Cup of water
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper (to taste)
- ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon pink salt (or whatever you like)
- 2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (this is key)
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
- ⅓-1/2 cup brown sugar erythritol (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon 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!