Dakos – Cretan Barley Rusk salad

The delicious Cretan Barley Rusk salad has taken the internet by storm! Made with ripe juicy tomatoes, delicious Greek Feta, dried oregano, olives, and a little olive oil on top! Simple and fresh ingredients perfectly come together to create the Cretan Dako or Ntako salad!

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Cretan Dakos or Ntakos salad

What ingredients can you add on a Dako salad?

This recipe is how my grandma from Crete, Ierapetra used to make Dako Salad. The ingredients she used are: Barley Rusk (Kritharokouloura), Olive oil, Olives, Feta or Xinomyzithra, and oregano. Additional ingredients that can also be added are: Bell green pepper, cappers, onion, and garlic.

If you are ever in Crete try to find a tavern that makes Dakos with Xinomyzithra. Feta is great but with Xinomyzithra is simply amazing!


How can you serve Dakos salad?

Dakos salad is a very popular appetizer or meze in Crete and rarely being served as a salad. It can also be eaten as a full meal since it has protein (feta), vegetables (tomato), and healthy carbs (Burley Rusk)!

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Dakos mini
Mini dakos salad
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Mini barley rusk used for Dakos salad are also very tasty

Dakos – Cretan Barley Rusk salad

Prep: 5m | Cook: - | Total: 5m | Serves: 2


  • 1 Barley Rusk (precut in half)
  • 100g Feta or Cretan Xinomyzithra, crumbled
  • 1 Tomato, grated
  • 1 Tomato, cubed
  • 4 Τbsp Olive oil, divided
  • 6 Black Olives
  • 2 pinches of dried Oregano
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Place the Barley Rusk halves on a plate and add on top of it 2 Tbsp of Olive oil, for each half, the grated tomato followed by the cubed tomato, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Add the crumbled Feta, a pinch of dried oregano, and top it with 2 Tbsp of Olive oil and 3 Kalamata Olives for each half.
  3. This Dako salad can also be served as a meze (starter).


  • If the Barley Rusk is very tough you can dip it in water before you start topping it off. Don’t soak it in water just a small dip is enough to soften it.

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