Copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

A lot of people get emotionally attached to certain food items on menus. It’s a force of habit among humans.

It could be a link to your childhood, your favorite comfort food or simply a sense of normalcy you associate with certain foods.

When the Mexican pizza left Taco Bell’s menu, I felt incredibly sad. I used to get it all the time when I was a kid. I hadn’t eaten one in more than 10 years, but now that it wasn’t even available I felt a sense of dread.

The pandemic killed my favorite Cheddar’s menu item: dijon chicken and mushrooms. When the Cheddar’s was built in my home town, it was the place to go out to eat on a Friday night. I only ever got one thing: dijon chicken and mushrooms.

Now it’s no more.

The same can be said for Chick-fil-A’s coleslaw. My friend loved the stuff, if you can believe it. Most people fawn over Chick-fil-A’s nuggets, but he’s obsessed over their coleslaw.

They swapped it out for a healthier (less sugary side) and never looked back.

Thankfully, the restaurant chain gave up its secret recipe so anyone who missed its beloved coleslaw could make it at home. It comes together in a cinch and tastes exactly like what you would get in the drive-through.

May your favorite menu item live forever, but if it doesn’t, hopefully I’m around to get you a copycat recipe.


Copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A timeless classic to eat with a fried chicken dinner.


  • 2 (10 oz) bags shredded cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage and carrots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and mayonnaise until smooth. Pour over cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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