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Dakos for #OneYrGreek #sponsor #giveaway

When BenBella Books invited me to join the first anniversary book tour for It's All Greek to Me -- Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with my Family's Century-Old Recipes from Debbie Matenopoulos, I was excited.

First, I love Greek food. Second, I loved the cookbook when I reviewed it back in November (click to read my post Souvlaki from Debbie Matenopoulos' "It's All Greek toMe" {#sponsor Book Review & Giveaway}).

Five months have gone by and that cookbook is still near the top of my cookbook stack. Now that's saying something. I have a lot of cookbooks. And, after I review a cookbook for a publisher, it often gets shelved and not pulled out until I remember something I wanted to try. But this one excels in inspiring me with its vibrant photography and easy-to-follow recipes. So, it has stayed in my to-read, or to-cook, stack right next to the couch where I read and plan my recipes. Today, I'm sharing Debbie's recipe for Dakos.

photo courtesy BenBella Books
Dakos (Greek Bruschetta) from It's All Greek to Me by Debbie Matenopoulos

Dakos is a traditional Cretan mezze salad that takes what I would normally serve as a just salad and makes it hearty enough for a meal. In Crete, this salad is served on top of a barley rusk, called a paximadi. A rusk is just a twice-baked bread toasted to crisp. I had originally dug up a recipe to make my own paximadi, but I ran out of time. So, I opted for a nice crusty round from a local bakery. Also, I went for smaller, appetizer sized rolls instead of the larger traditional ones. Someday I'll make my own paximadi!

Matenopoulos notes: "choose very ripe, almost overly so, tomatoes so that their juice will really soak into the rusk beneath them. To make this vegan, just add another tomato and omit the feta." I opted for organic cherry tomatoes in red, orange, and yellow instead of larger tomatoes because the larger ones weren't quite ripe enough; also, I used only fresh herbs.

Ingredients serves 4

  • 2 crusty rolls, sliced in half with the top sliced enough to allow it to sit flat
  • olive oil
  • 3 to 4 C diced organic tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
  • freshly ground salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste + more for garnish
  • 2 C brine-packed whole milk feta, crumbled
  • 2 T fresh dill, chopped + more for garnish
  • 2 t  fresh oregano, chopped + more for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly brush the cut side of the bread with olive oil and place on a baking stone. Toast until crisped and golden, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Watch it carefully to make certain it doesn't burn.

In a mixing bowl, toss together the tomatoes and herbs with a splash of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve: Place a heap of the tomato mixture on top of the toasted bread. Add a layer of feta on top of the tomatoes. Garnish with more fresh herbs and grind fresh pepper around the plate.

καλή όρεξη
(Bon Appetit, in Greek)

I thoroughly enjoyed cooking from It's All Greek to Me and am looking forward to trying my hand are more Greek recipes in the future. Now on to the part you've all be waiting for - the giveaway.

photo courtesy BenBella Books

One of my lucky US readers - sorry, everyone else! - can enter to win a copy of It's All Greek to Me by Debbie Matenopoulos, courtesy of BenBella Books, Inc. Giveaway runs from today - April 16th - till April 27th at midnight, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Debbie Matenopoulos’s It’s All Greek To Me Cookbook to review plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are my own. I received no further compensation for my post or review.


  1. Hi Cam, I don't really want to win I just want to see what other things you included in your giveaway. My post is coming up in a couple of days.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Can't wait to see what you share!

  2. I have had an obsession with Spanakopita since I was little. Something about the flaky crust, I think.

  3. I love greek food! I had a great trip to greece like 6 years ago. I'd love to go back. I love loukoumades.

    1. Though I lived in the Mediterranean for over a year, I never made it to Greece. Boo.

  4. My favorite Greek dish is Pastitsio! It is so delicious & it's a once or twice a year treat for me!

  5. Pastitsio here too! So many other dishes- it is hard to pick an absolute favorite!

  6. My favorite Greek dish (or more like food) is Spanakopitas.

  7. My favorite Greek dish (or more like food) is Spanakopitas.

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