Using a large bowl, combine the masa harina, water, and salt (if using).
Be sure to only use the water necessary to form a small ball of dough.
Cover with a kitchen towel.
Let the masa rest for 10 minutes.
Preheat the griddle (or heavy skillet) to medium heat.
The griddle should be hot and ready for when the huaraches are formed.
Open the tortilla press and add two pieces of wax paper.
You can also use a cut up large gallon-size plastic bag.
Uncover the masa and knead lightly for 2 minutes.
Form a small ball from the dough, about the size of a golf ball.
Roll into the shape of a cigar.
Place the cigar in between the wax paper sheets.
Press down on the tortilla press until the dough is flat.
Carefully open the tortilla press and remove the oval shaped masa dough with your hand.
Place the dough on the hot griddle.
Cook for 1 minutes on each side.
The dough will begin to rise once it is flipped.
Remove from the griddle and repeat until there's no more masa.
Keep the huaraches warm by covering them with a kitchen towel.
Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!