While the actual recipe is a secret, one of the most famous copycat recipes uses mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice. Vinegar, salt and pepper are added to create a tasty KFC coleslaw clone.
First published in his 1987 book, the Todd Wilbur KFC coleslaw clone calls for 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of buttermilk, 2 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar. Also included are 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, 8 cups of finely chopped cabbage (about 1 head), 1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot), and 2 tablespoons of minced onion.
Chop the cabbage and carrots into the size of rice. Combine mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add cabbage, carrots and onion. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for two hours before serving.
Another clone comes from copykat.com: 1 to 2 heads of cabbage, 1 small onion, 1 medium to large carrot, 2 cups of Miracle Whip Light, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.
Cut cabbage in a food processor, along with 1/4 to 1/2 of the onion and carrot. Mix Miracle Whip, vinegar, oil and sugar until smooth. Add to cut cabbage and mix well. Let stand for a hour.