Cretan Dakos

How to make the iconic Cretan Dakos Barley Rusk with recipe included

Cretan Dakos is an appetiser known specifically in the Western side of Crete. It consists of a Barley rusk that has been quickly dipped into water to soften it slightly and then topped with tomato, a soft white cheese such as ricotta or feta, oregano, olives and a drizzle of olive oil. You may also find it served as a salad. This would also include chopped pieces of tomato.


  • 1 rusk, large
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta or feta cheese (or a combination of both)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • Optional: Olives for serving


  1. Dampen the rusk with a little bit of water to soften it slightly, but ensure the rusk still retains some crunch.
  2. Place the rusk on a plate and drizzle with olive oil. Cover the whole rusk with the tomato, followed by the salt, cheese and oregano.

Optional: Drizzle the rusk with additional olive oil and olives (if using) and then serve immediately.

To read about the humble Greek Salad, click here.

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