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Cretan dakos (Κρητικός ντάκος)

A dry barley rusk topped with tomato, olive oil, cheese and olives
Prep Time8 mins
Resting time7 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Light meal, meze, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Cretan cuisine, Cretan dakos, Cretan salad, Dakos, Mia Kouppa salad
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • 1 Cretan dry barley rusk
  • 2 Ripe tomatoes medium size
  • 1 - 2 tsps Olive oil
  • 2 tsps Capers
  • 2 tsps Chopped red onion
  • 1 Fresh basil leaf, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp Crumbled feta
  • 2 Kalamata olives, pitted, and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano


  • Place the rusk in a bowl or plate.
  • Take one of your tomatoes and cut in half lengthwise. Grate each half into a bowl; discard the skin.
  • Stir the grated tomato juice and pulp and slowly spoon it over the rusk, being careful to spoon it over the entire rusk. Drizzle some olive oil on top of this (about 1/2 teaspoon) and let sit for a few minutes, while you continue with the steps below.
  • Chop up your second tomato, place in a bowl. Add the capers, red onion, basil, salt and pepper and stir.
  • Slowly spoon this mixture over the rusk and grated tomato topping.
  • Drizzle with about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.
  • Top with your crumbled feta, olives, oregano, and drizzle more olive oil over the top (use as much oil as you like).
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Your rusk should be softened by spooning the grated tomato and tomato juice over top but it should not be mushy.  If you find that your rusk is not yet soft enough to easily break apart, either wait a little longer or add a small amount of water (1 teaspoon) to it.
This recipe can easily be multiplied to serve more people.