How to Fix Salty Salsa: 5 Hacks That Actually Work

by Gina Elizabeth
How to fix salty salsa

With 5 quick & easy tricks, you can reduce the sodium levels in your salsa.

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What do I do if my salsa is too salty?

How to Fix Salty Salsa

1. Add Unsalted salsa

Add half the amount of (unsalted) salsa you used into batch of salty salsa. Double the original amount of salsa if the salsa is very salty. Gently combine both batches thoroughly.

2. Add an Acid

Lime juice works best. Squeeze a little at a time. Don’t go overboard as too much lime or lemon will water down your salsa. White vinegar works too. You can also add more tomatoes. The acid in tomatoes masks salty flavor.

3. Add Bulk

You can also add green onion, cilantro, cucumber, red pepper, and other veggies. The extra bulk reduces the sodium levels in your salsa.

Veggies will neutralize the saltiness. This is also a great hack for adding more nutritious vegetables to your meals.

4. Add Sour Cream or Mozzarella Cheese

Dairy can counteract over salted food. Sour cream or a low-sodium cheese like fresh mozzarella, Swiss, goat, and ricotta are great fixes. There are also brands that offer low-sodium cheese options like Helluva Good Cheddar Cheese.

5. Make Another Dish Out of It

Here are some ideas for how to turn salty salsa into a masterpiece:

  • Salsa fried rice
  • Salsa spaghetti
  • Quesadilla
  • Guacamole

The salsa limit does not exist.

Did you know?

Salsa originated with the Inca people. Salsa (combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices) can be traced to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.

Easy Salsa Recipe

When you need a filling and inexpensive staple, there’s nothing better than salsa.

Ingredients

  • 2 jalapeños, halved, stems removed
  • 2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a large baking sheet, toss jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, and onion together with oil. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast until slightly charred, 20 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, add roasted vegetables, quartered tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season with remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and pepper, then pulse a few times until mostly blended and slightly chunky.

3 Salsa Making Tips

1. Use a Food Processor

Cut down on your prep time by using a food processor instead of chopping by hand.

2. Use Fresh Produce

You’ll want to use the freshest produce that you can find.

3. Roast Your Tomatoes

Bake them in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes. Or toast them on a hot skillet.

Salsa Q&A

How is salsa served?

Salsa is most commonly served as a dip or condiment. Most salsas are served cold or at room temperature in a bowl.

Which cheeses have the most salt?

  • Halloumi (approx 330 mg sodium/serving)
  • Imported blue cheese (approx 325 mg sodium/serving)
  • Feta (approx 323 mg sodium/serving)
  • Processed cheeses (like string cheese) (approx 200-300 mg/serving)
  • Edam (approx 276 mg sodium/serving)

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