Taramosalata (Greek: ταραμοσαλάτα, from taramas (from
Turkish: tarama) + salata "salad" is a Greek and Turkish meze. The
alternative spelling 'taramasalata' is sometimes found.
Left: A plate of taramosalata garnished
with cucumber, olives and tomato.
It is traditionally made from taramas, the salted and
cured roe of the cod or the carp, though blends based on other forms of fish
roe, particularly cod, have become more common. The roe is mixed with either
bread crumbs or mashed potato, and lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil.
The colour can vary from creamy beige to pink, depending on the type of roe
used. Mass-produced taramosalata is often a bright pink due to the addition of
It is usually eaten as a dip, with bread or raw vegetables.