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Dakos Recipe: The Traditional Cretan Bruschetta

I am totally in love with summer. My dream is to be in a place where there is summer 365 days a year. And have a house by the sea! That would perfectly complete my dream. Be all day at the sea and return to home, cook something easy, have a glass of wine and enjoy the view. Do nothing but just enjoy the view. This is how life should be. Easy and simple. Just like this dakos recipe I am just about to share with you.

This dakos recipe will become your favorite summer one. Easy and quick to make, healthy and delicious, dakos comes from the famous island of Crete. Crete is popular for its delicious foods and dakos is one of the most popular Cretan dishes! Also known as koukouvagia or koukouvayia, dakos is similar, yet different, to the Italian bruschetta.

This dakos recipe is made of a slice of soaked dried bread or barley rusk topped with chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta or mizithra cheese and flavored with herbs like dried oregano. You can find these Cretan dakos rusks at any Greek food grocery store. Or you can use paximadia instead. There rusks or paximadia, which are hard to eat and considered quite healthy, are made with whole grain flour, water and salt.

So, this traditional dakos recipe requires only few ingredients. A barley rusk, tomatoes, feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. I also like to add some olives.

What is even better is that no cooking is required. This Cretan dakos salad recipe will take you just five minutes to prepare and it serves 2 persons.

Dakos recipe

Dakos Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large round barley rusk
  • 2 small ripe tomatoes, coarsely grated (discard skin)
  • 4 tablespoons of feta cheese (crumbled or grated)
  • Greek olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olives (optional)
  • Dried oregano

Dakos Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this dakos recipe by moistening the rusk with some water.
  2. Drain off the liquids from the tomatoes.
  3. Spread the grated tomato on the rusk.
  4. Top with feta cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with pepper and salt.
  6. Add dried oregano
  7. Pour the olive oil.
  8. Top with some olives (optional)
  9. Serve

Dakos is the ideal light meal for summer. When I want to prepare something quickly for my wife or guests, this Cretan dakos recipe is always on top of my list. As I like the original taste, I always make sure that I get fresh and juicy tomatoes. If you have a traditional Greek food store around you, buy the rusks, olive oil, dried oregano, and feta cheese from there. I like to serve it with a glass of wine. It reminds me of how beautiful Crete is and how wonderful people Cretans are. It’s perfect when you return home from work and you are desperately hungry. As you can see, no cooking skills are required! And this is the beauty of this Greek dakos recipe!

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