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Dakos – a variation

2 comments May 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Recipes, Salads and Dressings

A classic Cretan dish is the Dakos Salad. What makes the salad a Dakos salad is the use of Paximadi – a dried bread. Paximadi can be found in different sizes and shapes, mostly made from all sorts of full wheat flour. Sometimes you find it seasoned with herbs like rosemary or oregano.
On top of the Paximadi you put diced tomatoes, Feta cheese, capers, olives and a lemon dressing.

I am preparing a version of the original dish. I prefer to crumble the bread and mix it with the salad.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: easy


  • a few pieces of Paximadi
  • 2 tomatoes cubed.
  • some Feta cheese
  • capers
  • olives
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • lemon
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Cube the tomatoes. Break up the Paximadi bread. Sometimes you can find already small cut Paximadi.

Put the tomatoes into a bowl. Add a few capers and olives. Cube the cheese and add it to the bowl.

For the sauce:
Squeeze a ripe tomato into a small bowl. Add some lemon juice and olive oil. Season with some oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over the salad. Mix the salad well and let the sauce soak into the Paximadi bread for a few minutes.


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  1. A summery dish that would be very welcome at my table!



  2. My favorite salad … I was just preparing a post on it as well. In Kalymnos we call this mirmizeli.

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