Traditional Dakos Recipe from Crete

Photo by Jane Kleiman
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 dakos (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
89 Calories
7g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 dakos (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 43mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you have ever been to Crete, chances are you may have had this dish or at the very least, seen it.

Traditionally, Dakos (ντάκος) are made with rusk, a hard bread made with chickpea flour. However, you can make this with any hard bread, and that’s what we did. We weren’t able to find the proper rusk, and we thought most people might not have access to it at their store either. It's okay because making it with bread enables everyone to give this recipe a try!

This Cretan appetizer is something very similar to the Italian’s bruschetta, just with a Greek twist. The acidity of the tomatoes is cut and perfectly balanced by the saltiness of the feta and pushed into deliciousness by the Kalamata olives.  While we were in Crete, we had it with wine, so that’s what we recommend pairing it with. Overall, it is a very easy recipe to make. Just make sure you have some day-old bread on hand and you will be good to go.

This is always a great go to when we’ve had bread for dinner the night before and didn’t finish it. The following day it is hard and perfect for Dakos! The juices will soften the bread a bit, but you want it to be hard as you would with bruschetta.

If you saw this recipe and want to make it today, there is a trick:

Slice up a loaf of your favorite bread and place in oven at 120F for 2-3 hours, or until they are hard. Cooking at a low temperature of this long removes the moisture from the bread and makes it hard.

So, give these Cretan apps a try and let us know what you think!


  • 8 slices of day-old bread (replace with rusk if available)
  • 1 fresh tomato
  • Dash of oregano
  • 7-10 Kalamata olives, diced
  • ⅓ cup feta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Dice tomato into large pieces so it is easy to remove soft center with seeds. Don’t toss, set aside.

  2. Once the center is removed, dice the tomatoes into small pieces.

  3. In a bowl combine: tomatoes, oregano, feta, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  4. Next, take soft center from tomato, mash and spread over bread.

  5. Place  a spoonful of tomato/feta mixture to the top of each bread slice.

  6. Add diced Kalamata olives on top.

  7. Serve with wine!


  • If you plan on using rusk, you will need to soften them up a bit before making dakos. This can be done two way: using canned tomato and taking some of the juice and spreading it over each dako before anything is placed on it or you can sprinkle some water over each rusk before starting.