Dakos or ntakos (Greek: ντάκος), also known as koukouvagia or koukouvayia (κουκουβάγια, "owl") or—in eastern Crete—kouloukopsomo (from koulouki + psomi, pup + bread, allegedly the bread given to puppies), is a Cretan meze consisting of a slice of soaked dried bread or barley rusk (paximadi) topped with chopped tomatoes and crumbled feta or mizithra cheese, and flavored with herbs such as dried oregano. Olives and pepper can also be added.

Alternative namesKoukouvagia, Kouloukopsomo
Place of originGreece
Region or stateCrete
Main ingredientsDried bread or barley rusk, tomatoes, feta or mizithra cheese, oregano, herbs, olives

The dish is similar to the Catalan pa amb tomàquet and the Italian frisella.[1][2]


  1. Davidson, Alan (21 August 2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191040726 via Google Books.
  2. "Dakos Salad". The Washington Post. April 17, 2013. Archived from the original on October 29, 2019.
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