Authentic Dakos Salad

Authentic Dakos Salad

Welcome to our culinary journey through the sun-kissed flavors of Greece! Today, we're delighted to share with you a beloved dish from the heart of the Mediterranean: Dakos Salad. This traditional Greek recipe combines the freshest ingredients with the rich, robust taste of Rallis High Polyphenol Olive Oil, delivering a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the shores of Crete. Join us as we dive into the history, ingredients, and step-by-step preparation of this delightful dish.

Discovering Dakos: A Culinary Treasure of Crete

A Brief History of Dakos

Dakos, also known as koukouvagia, traces its roots back to the island of Crete, where it has been a staple of Cretan cuisine for centuries. This humble yet satisfying dish originated as a way for farmers and shepherds to utilize simple, readily available ingredients from their land. Over time, Dakos evolved into a beloved delicacy enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, showcasing the rustic charm and vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean diet.

The Essential Ingredients of Dakos

At the heart of Dakos lies a harmonious blend of fresh produce, tangy cheese, briny olives, and, of course, the star of the show – Rallis High Polyphenol Olive Oil. Let's take a closer look at the key ingredients that give Dakos its distinctive taste and texture:


Ripe, juicy tomatoes are the foundation of Dakos, providing a burst of sweetness and acidity to balance the other flavors in the dish. Opt for locally grown, vine-ripened tomatoes for the best flavor and texture.

Barley Rusks

Barley rusks, also known as paximadia, are traditional Cretan bread rusks that serve as the base of Dakos. These hard, crunchy rounds of bread are made from barley flour and water, then baked until dry and crisp. Their sturdy texture allows them to soak up the olive oil and juices from the tomatoes without becoming soggy, providing a satisfying crunch with every bite.

Feta Cheese

No Greek salad would be complete without the creamy tang of feta cheese. Made from sheep's milk or a combination of sheep's and goat's milk, feta adds a salty kick and rich creaminess to Dakos. Crumble it over the salad just before serving to ensure that every bite is infused with its distinctive flavor.


Black and green olives add depth and complexity to Dakos, offering a briny contrast to the sweetness of the tomatoes and the creaminess of the feta cheese. Look for high-quality, Greek olives that have been cured and brined to perfection, ensuring a burst of flavor in every mouthful.

Rallis High Polyphenol Olive Oil

Last but certainly not least, Rallis High Polyphenol Olive Oil elevates Dakos to new heights with its robust flavor and numerous health benefits. Ice Pressed® from handpicked Koroneiki olives grown in the fertile soil of the Peloponnese region, this extra virgin olive oil is renowned for its high levels of polyphenols, antioxidants, and intense flavor. Drizzle it generously over the salad just before serving to impart its rich, peppery notes and silky texture.

Crafting the Perfect Dakos Salad: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Gather your ingredients and prepare them for assembly. Dice the tomatoes into small cubes, thinly slice the red onion, crumble the feta cheese into small chunks, pit the olives if necessary, and soak the barley rusks in water until slightly softened.

Step 2: Assemble the Salad

Arrange the soaked barley rusks on a serving platter or individual plates. Drizzle a generous amount of Rallis High Polyphenol Olive Oil over the barley rusks, then layer the diced tomatoes on top. Scatter the sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and pitted olives over the tomatoes, distributing them evenly across the salad.

Step 3: Season and Garnish

Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste, then garnish with fresh oregano or basil leaves for a pop of color and flavor. The aromatic herbs will complement the other ingredients beautifully, adding a final flourish to your Dakos salad.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

Serve the Dakos salad immediately, allowing the flavors to meld together and the barley rusks to soak up the olive oil and tomato juices. Pair it with a glass of chilled white wine or enjoy it as a light appetizer or side dish alongside your favorite Greek-inspired meal. 



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