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Cretan Dakos Salad Recipe

  • COOKING TIME: 15 minutes


1 large round barley rusk

2 medium ripe tomatoes

2 to 3 heaping tablespoons feta cheese, or aged mizithra, crumbled or grated

2 to 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

salt and pepper




  1. Either spray the barley rusks with water or give them a brief soak in a bowl of water to hydrate.
  2. Take one of your tomatoes and split it lengthwise. Grate both halves into a bowl, discarding the skin afterwards.
  3. Dice your second tomato and combine it with the grated one in the bowl. Incorporate olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  4. Use either a fork or your hands to crumble the feta or mizithra cheese.
  5. Layer the rusks with the tomato mixture, then add the crumbled cheese.
  6. Garnish with a handful of olives and a sprinkle of oregano. Drizzle additional olive oil on top, adjusting the quantity to suit your preference.
  7. Allow the preparation to rest for approximately 5 minutes.
  8. Time to dig in and relish your homemade dakos!

Alternative Version

Some people enjoy incorporating a few slender slices of bell pepper and/or onion. While these aren’t components of the classic Cretan recipe, they can certainly be included if you prefer.


If your tomatoes are exceptionally juicy, you could also utilize the juice from a freshly grated ripe tomato to moisten the rusks, which can impart a far superior flavour than mere water.

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