Restaurant vs Restaurant Recipes for Coleslaw

Both Are Here - You Decide!

My goodness! Chick-Fil-A-Coleslaw-Recipe is no longer being made by the popular restaurant chain as of January 2016!

But I have the original Chick-Fil-A Coleslaw Recipe for you to try at home.

Now you have it, too. In fact, two real restaurant coleslaw recipes are on this page. Look them over. Make one of these recipes or, better yet, make some of both and let your family and guests decide which is best.

It is great fun and has been my method of deciding on recipes for the restaurant for over 30 years.


Preparation time: 15 minutes.  Serves 6-8.


  • 4 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 bags (10 oz. bags) fine shredded cabbage, chopped to 1/8 inch
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots


  • Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved
  • Add mayonnaise and whisk to mix
  • Add cabbage and carrots and Mix to combine
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve

Real Restaurant Recipes Coleslaw

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 4-6. Enjoy!


  • 1 small head of green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 very small amount of red cabbage, thinly sliced for color
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • Poppy seeds (optional)
  • Dressing Mix (see below)

Note:  You can use 1 package of prepared cole slaw mix from the grocery store if available. Such a mixture usually has all the above ingredients.

Cole Slaw Dressing Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Serves 4.

(This dressing will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator if you wish to make a larger amount.)

Ingredients for Restaurant Salad Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoons mustard (or to taste)
  • Dash of white pepper


  • Add any other vegetables you like to the slaw mix
  • Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well
  • Add only enough dressing to slaw mix to moisten well
  • Refrigerate
  • Adjust additional dressing to your taste as some prefer light dressing and others favor heavier dressing
  • Lightly sprinkle top with poppy seeds if desired

Note:  I recommend you add the dressing to your coleslaw mix just before serving to avoid the slaw becoming soggy. Also the poppy seeds if using.

Enjoy your Chick-Fil-A Coleslaw Recipe! Enjoy both Real Restaurant Coleslaw Recipes and the company you share them with.


Did you know? Cole slaw probably became popular in America when a deli owner (Richard Hellmann) in New York City created a formula for bottled mayonnaise in 1912. It was a quick and easy dressing for shredded cabbage.