Copycat Cracker Barrel Cole Slaw

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Summer is the prime time for cookouts and picnics (and July 4th celebrations will be happening just a few days!)  If you are looking for the perfect side dish to whip up for this summer’s festivities, look no further! This crowd-pleasing side is foolproof and a bit … familiar!  Why familiar? Well here’s a hint: around here we call it the “Copycat Cracker Barrel Cole Slaw.”

This classic, delicious cole slaw recipe is an instant hit for cookouts or picnics! It pairs perfectly with BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs or fried chicken (and just about anything else you can think of).  Plus, it’s so easy and doesn’t cost much to make.

The first thing you need to do is combine your shredded veggies:  carrots, green cabbage and purple cabbage. Put them all in a big bowl and mix well.

You may be wondering: why two types of cabbage? I’ve found that whenever I can add a little more color or texture to a basic dish, it makes it seem instantly more appetizing.  Also, since cole slaw isn’t known for being one of the world’s most beautiful dishes, it needs a little help! However, if you only have one green cabbage and all the other ingredients for this dish at home, you can make it without the purple cabbage. (It just won’t be as pretty or crunchy!)

Next you will add the flavor by putting in your: Miracle Whip, celery seed, salt, pepper, sugar, vinegar, buttermilk, milk, and lemon juice.

Toss all of the ingredients to combine thoroughly!

That’s all there is to it! Seriously, how easy is that? All you have to do now is stick it in the refrigerator. Chill it for at least three hours!

I hope that this Cracker Barrel Copycat Cole Slaw becomes a go-to side dish that you can enjoy all summer long! Let us know if you plan to make it this fourth of July!

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Cole Slaw

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  • Author: Trish Corlew


This Copycat Cracker Barrel Cole Slaw will be your go-to side dish this summer! It’s quick and easy to make and will please a crowd!



1 cup of Shredded Cabbage

1 cup of Shredded Carrots

1 cup of Shredded Purple Cabbage

1 cup of Miracle Whip

1 teaspoon of Celery Seed

1/2 teaspoon of Salt

1/2 teaspoon of Pepper

1/3 cup of Sugar

1/4 a cup of Vinegar

1/4 of Buttermilk

1/4 of Milk

4 teaspoons of Lemon Juice


  1. Start by placing your cabbage and carrots in a large mix bowl.
  2. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add in Miracle Whip, celery seed, salt, pepper, sugar, vinegar, buttermilk, milk, and lemon juice.
  4. Mix and toss until well combined.
  5. Chill in the fridge for 3 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


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  1. I enjoy good food but do not care to cook. However this looks like a recipe I may could make. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I am so happy you shared this recipe. I love Cracker Barrel Cole Slaw and now can make it for my family!

  3. My family enjoys coleslaw with burgers during summer BBQ’s. This is a bit different than our usual recipe and one I want to try.

  4. I love cole slaw but seriously had no idea how to make it!? (Life skills) lol thank you for this fun and fast recipe I cannot wait to try it myself as well!

  5. That looks like a very delicious slaw. I’ve never eaten at Cracker Barrel, but I will try the slaw anyway.

  6. I have never had Cracker Barrels cole slaw (I’ve only been a few times in my life) before, but this sounds delicious! I love cole slaw, especially in the summertime. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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