Greek Bread Salad (Dakos)

Definitely Greek!

Dakos (Greek Bread Salad) 

1 loaf crusty bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices 
1 cup Greek olive oil, plus more for brushing on bread 
Salt and freshly ground pepper 
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish 
2 Greek or Armenian cucumbers, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch dice 
2 ripe garden tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice 
1 red onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced 
10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Kalamata olives,  pitted and halved 
Chili oil, for drizzling, optional

Preheat the grill. Brush the bread with oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Grill bread on
both sides until lightly golden brown. Remove the bread to a platter and let sit at room temperature to
get slightly hard.

Meanwhile, whisk together 1 cup olive oil, lemon juice, and dill in a medium bowl. Season, to taste, with
salt and pepper. Add the cucumber, tomatoes, olives, basil,  onion, and feta into the oil mixture and let stand at room
temperature for 30 minutes. 

Spoon the mixture over the bread. Garnish with additional dill and drizzle with chili oil, if desired. Serve immediately.


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