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I hear native speakers say:

The soup is a bit too salty.

But I have never heard the opposite from them.

Do they say, less salty, not salty enough or something else?

Which one is more natural?

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You would only use less salty if there were an explicit or implied than clause.

This soup is less salty than the soup we had yesterday - explicit
We had some very salty soup yesterday. This is less salty - implicit

If you don't want or need a than clause, you would say

The soup is not salty enough
The soup needs more salt.

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    Another possible phrasing for the case in the question might be “This soup lacks salt.” or “This soup is lacking in salt.”
    – jwpfox
    Nov 15 '20 at 21:39
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English does not have a phrase that can substitute for the bolded portion of your sentence and have the opposite meaning. To describe something as too salty, you would need a sentence rewrite like suggested by the other answers and comments.

English lacks an antonym for salty, so your sentence will require a total rewrite. For example, "This soup is not salty enough." Is probably the closest you can get to your original sentence while still reversing your meaning.

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