Cretan Salad with Rusk

Cretan salad with rusk is one of the common Greek salads you can find in taverns and restaurants almost anywhere in Crete. And it is a truly delicious Greek salad to order when eating out. It’s a fresh, savory, crispy salad that easy goes with all kind of dishes, especially meat-based ones.

Cretan Salad with Rusk is practically a combination of the Greek salad and the Cretan salad with dakos (ntakos), but it is less common than the basic ntakos version (rusk with chopped tomatoes and cheese). You will find this salad mostly in western Crete, in Chania and Rethymnon.

The blend of Cretan juicy and sweet tomatoes, sour mizithra (ksinomizithra) cheese and salty capers, with bell peppers and olives, gives this salad – believe or not – a unique flavor. All the ingredients in this salad are very, very common in Crete and the rest of  Greece and a handful of capers does the magic.

In this version of the Cretan Salad with Rusk, the rusk is usually placed at the bottom of the salad bowl or plate and gets somewhat softer because of the juice of the vegetables and the olive oil.

Cretan Salad with Rusk Recipe

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  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Pepper
  • Red onions
  • Mizithra Cheese (the sour one)
  • Cretan olives
  • Capers
  • Rusk
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oregano

Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Slice the tomatoes, and cut cucumbers, red onions and bell peppers into rounds and place all vegetables over the rusk layered at the bottom of the bowl. Salt and pepper to taste, add the oregano and mix gently. Add cheese abundantly, then olives, and at the end throw the capers at the top. Use as much olive oil as you want.

Greek names of the ingredients of the Cretan Salad with Rusk

  • Tomatoes = ntomata, ντομάτα
  • Red onion = kokkino kremmydi, κόκκινο κρεμμύδι
  • Cucumbers = aggouri, αγγούρι
  • Olive oil = elaiolado, ελαιόλαδo
  • Bell peppers = piperies, πιπεριές
  • Sour Mizithra cheese = ksinomizithra, ξινομυζήθρα
  • Olives = elies, ελιές
  • Capers = kapari, κάπαρη
  • Salt = alati, αλάτι
  • Oregano= rigani, ρίγανη
  • Rusk= paximadi, παξιμάδι

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