Popeye’s Cole Slaw (Copycat)

This Popeye’s Coleslaw is the best coleslaw to go with fried chicken! Crispy green cabbage tossed in creamy coleslaw dressing, easy recipe made in minutes.

Who says you can’t pair KFC Original Recipe Chicken with Popeye’s side dishes like Cajun Rice and this Coleslaw? One of the best parts of Copycat Recipes is that you can mix and match your favorite fast food restaurant dishes!

Popeye's Cole Slaw in bowl


When it comes to a good fried chicken dinner, the sides can decide which fast food restaurant is your family’s favorite. While they all claim to have the best coleslaw, we think Popeye’s Coleslaw is really tasty and it’s one of our top picks.

The folks at Business Insider gave Popeye’s Coleslaw a win for their tangy, sweet side dish in a head to head with Kentucky Fried Chicken. Even if you are a KFC Coleslaw diehard fan, it’s hard to deny that Popeye’s has a deliciously sweet and creamy coleslaw.

Now, I know when it comes to coleslaw, family traditions of how it “should” be made can play a big factor in whether you will like it or LOVE it. It may not be the homemade coleslaw you grew up with but I think you will love this Popeye’s Famous Coleslaw Recipe.

Unlike some coleslaw recipes, Popeye’s Coleslaw dressing does not have any buttermilk or lemon juice. It’s still packed with flavor from sweet pickle relish,  dill pickle relish, and white vinegar. A little sugar and lot of mayonnaise make it a slightly sweet, creamy coleslaw.

To make sure the coleslaw dressing and cabbage mix really come together, refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Coleslaw gets even better when you let it sit in the fridge overnight, so this is a great make ahead potluck side dish. The coleslaw dressing can be made separately up to a week in advance.

Popeye’s Coleslaw is perfect accompaniment for fried chicken, smoked meats like turkey or pork, and anything BBQ. Instead of a regular garden salad, serve this easy coleslaw with your favorite one pot dinner recipes like a casserole or slow cooker meal.

How to Serve Popeye’s Famous Coleslaw:



Popeye's Cole Slaw in bowl


  • Miracle Whip: To make a lighter version of Popeye’s Coleslaw, substitute Miracle Whip for the mayonnaise. Since Miracle Whip is sweeter, adjust the sugar and sweet pickle relish to your taste.
  • Vinegar: Instead of white vinegar, try substituting apple cider vinegar. Or use more lemon juice and leave out the vinegar.
  • Veggies: Dice up crunchy green pepper or jicama for more crunch. Stir in some grated zucchini or summer squash right before serving to make it a healthier, veggie packed coleslaw.
  • Spices: Season with celery seed to balance out the sweetness and give the coleslaw a savory bite. For a spicy kick, mix in your favorite Cajun seasoning.
  • Sour Cream: Make your coleslaw dressing creamier and tangier by swapping 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise with sour cream.



  • Serve: This dish has mayonnaise base so do not leave at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: Cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for up to 4 days. The coleslaw dressing can be kept in the fridge separately for up to a week.
  • Freeze: I do not recommend freezing this coleslaw recipe since it has mayonnaise in it. Mayonnaise separates while frozen and doesn’t come together again when thawed.

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Popeye's Coleslaw (Copycat)

This Popeye's Coleslaw is the best coleslaw to go with fried chicken! Crispy green cabbage tossed in creamy coleslaw dressing, easy recipe made in minutes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Popeye's Coleslaw Copycat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 149 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 6 cups green cabbage , chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot , shredded
  • 1/4 yellow onion , minced


  1. Add the mayonnaise, sugar, sweet relish, dill relish, white vinegar, vegetable oil and yellow mustard to a large bowl and whisk well together.
  2. Add the cabbage, carrot and onion and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Popeye's Coleslaw (Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 316mg14%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1453IU29%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I made this coleslaw exactly as written, and it was fantastic! Tasted just like Popeye’s recipe. I admit, I was worried with the ingredient list that it would taste like tartar sauce – but after sitting for three hours, the flavors melded and the magic happened. Will definitely be making this again!

  2. Very cool! I have been to Popeyes, but didn’t have their coleslaw. This looks yummy and easy to make!