By LeafTV Contributor

When a potato dish comes out too salty, all is not lost. To salvage it, add flavorful ingredients to dilute and mask the saltiness.

Scalloped Potatoes
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For potato soup or potato salad, increase the entire recipe—minus the salt—by one-third to half. You could also change the character of the recipe by increasing or adding just one ingredient:

  • Potato soup: Add one or more potatoes or one can of well-rinsed white beans.
  • Mashed potatoes: Add one to four additional potatoes.
  • Potato salad: Add more celery or a few more hard-boiled eggs.

Food with strong flavors—including acidic, tart, hot or sweet—distract from saltiness in a dish. Here are some tasty options:

  • Fresh herbs: Sprinkle chopped chives or parsley over salty scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes or potato salad.
  • Dried tomatoes: Add chopped dried tomatoes over scalloped potatoes. The tomatoes' sweetness and acidity mask the salt.
  • Lemon juice or vinegar: Dilute salty potato soup or potato salad with an acidic liquid. White wine may also be added to potato soup.
  • Chili powder or hot sauce: Add some heat to potato soup.
  • Garlic: Finely minced or mashed roasted garlic adds depth of flavor to salty mashed potatoes.
  • Whole cream: Cream can dilute saltiness and also give mashed potatoes a silky texture.
  • Starchy vegetables: Add sweet potato or roasted carrot to creamed potato soup.

When you cook, it's always good practice to add salt in small increments and taste as you go.