Soggy coleslaw is the last thing anyone wants, and there are a couple things you can do to ensure your coleslaw stays crunchy until you’re ready to serve it.
Pro Tip #1: Prep separately. If you want to prep ahead of time, it’s as simple as keeping the salad and dressing separate. You can make the salad and dressing up to eight hours ahead and keep them in separate containers in the refrigerator until one hour before you want to eat. Mixing up the coleslaw one hour ahead allows the flavors to mingle before it’s time to serve.
Pro Tip #2: Add fresh ingredients. If you have day-old coleslaw left over and it’s a bit soggy, there’s no need to throw it out. Add some fresh ingredients to bring life back into the slaw. You can toss in fresh cabbage, julienned carrots or broccoli slaw (found near the packaged cole slaw mix in the produce section of your local grocer), to help soak up some of the extra dressing that tends to run off as the coleslaw sits.