Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 21, 2016

Print This Post Print This Post Sweet Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw, beloved to pair with one of the fast food chain's spicy fried chicken sandwiches, has been discontinued. Luckily, Chick-fil-A has released the original recipe and you can still make it at home.

Fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A is in some deep doo-doo with many longtime customers.

The eighth largest fast-food chain in the U.S. has ditched its iconic, sugar-heavy Cole Slaw — beloved for 49 years for its ability to pair nicely with their spicy fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

Original Chick-fil-A Cole-Slaw Recipe

In its place is a brand new item developed for them by star chef Ford Fry: Superfood Side.

It’s an on-trend kale salad, with kale, Broccolini (skinnier and milder than regular broc), dried sour cherries and roasted nuts — walnuts, almonds and pecans — in a tangy maple dressing.

SuperFood Side Salad at Chick-Fil-AWhile that new side salad sounds absolutely thrilling to me, since I love kale salads in general, and salads with dried fruit and nuts in particular, not everyone is amused by the change.

This funny, profane (warning, NSFW), brutally honest review of the new salad has people choking on their green leafies.

Customers took to social media to let Chick-fil-A know their feelings (#bringbackcoleslaw), and Snopes even felt the need to weigh in to confirm the discontinuation wasn’t all just an ugly rumor.

Why did they 86 the cole slaw? “The decision to remove Cole Slaw from the menu was a difficult one, but we have heard from guests that many of them are looking for new tastes and healthier side items,” the company said on its Facebook page.

If you want NEED, this cole slaw, the company has released, for the first time, the original Chick-fil-A cole slaw recipe. I hunted it down for you, because I’m a giver like that.

Here it is:

Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

Sweet Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw, beloved to pair with one of the chain's spicy fried chicken sandwiches, is discontinued. Luckily, you can still make it at home.


  • 4 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 (10-ounce) bags fine shredded cabbage, chopped to one-eighth inch
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots


  1. Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Add mayonnaise and whisk to mix. Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine. Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve.
  2. Makes 6-8 servings.


Recipe source: Chick-fil-A


They’ve even made a 1-minute “An Ode to Cole Slaw” video memorial to it. “To the side that was never just a side item. Gone but not forgotten.”

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw in memoriamOther C-f-A menu items that are gone but not forgotten? Carrot Raisin Salad, original brownies, lemon meringue pie and cheesecake, according to people whining about it on Facebook.

Cows say Kep the Slaw

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