Dakos Recipe: The Traditional Cretan Bruschetta

Dakos, or ntakos, is a traditional light Greek food meal from Crete. It is also known as koukouvagia or koukouvayia. This Greek bruschetta consists 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. Many Greeks also like to add olives and pepper. This Cretan dakos recipe is really easy to make. You only need few ingredients like barley rusk, tomatoes, feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. No cooking skills are required!

Dakos is the ideal light meal. 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. In just five minutes, you will have this delicious Cretan food ready!


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
  • Dried oregano

Dakos Recipe – How to Make

  1. Start this authentic dakos recipe by moistening the rusk with some water.
  2. Drains off the liquids from the tomatoes.
  3. Spread grated tomato on the rusk.
  4. Top with feta cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with pepper and salt.
  6. Add dried oregano
  7. Pour over the olive oil.
  8. Serve.
I hope you like this Cretan dakos recipe. Stay tuned for more easy traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!