from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A paste of fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice, and potatoes or moistened bread crumbs.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of taramosalata.


Modern Greek : taramas, preserved roe (from Turkish tarama, soft roe) + saláta, salad (from Italian insalata, from feminine past participle of insalare, to salt : Latin in-, in, on; see in-2 + Vulgar Latin *salāre, to salt from Latin sāl, salt; see sal).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • A special of their own taramasalata may not remind me of that made by the mother of my Greek-Cypriot friend.

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  • Once the apogee of sophisticated entertaining in their dinky quartered tubs, these gloopy mixtures – thousand island, cheese and chive, the graveyard of a million splintered Pringles – were quietly dethroned, sometime in the late 1990s, by an invasion from the eastern Mediterranean: salmon pink taramasalata, garlicky tzatziki and, most successful of all, hummus, the colour and texture of wet mortar.

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  • She does a fine extended riff on the pointlessness of taramasalata, but what about the pointlessness of their relationship?

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  • The road from our villa led down to another great taverna at Alaties beach, where a lady served delicious aubergine dip, taramasalata, salt cod balls, sardines and perfect Greek salad.

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  • “No prints on it or other trace, except more taramasalata.”

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  • Put the bread to use as a scoop for the taramasalata, fluffy pink fish roe that suggests cotton candy by way of the sea.

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  • They will eat grilled octopus and taramasalata and fried smelt, crunchy heads and all, if said foods are handed to them without ceremony. —

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  • It spoke of full fat prawn cocktail and pad thai noodles and ready salted tortilla chips and taramasalata.

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  • I imagined a huge bag of fabulously salty, perfectly textured M and S tortilla chips with a huge pot of salty-sweet-fishy M and S taramalata for me, well-made taramasalata exists exactly midway between longing and nausea - and a hangover usually gives it that crucial little nudge in the right direction.

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  • *The waggon is loaded wif Greek fud – stuffed wineleaves, fried zucchini and aubergines, taramasalata, Greek salad, pitta bread, souvlaki, bifteki, lamb chops and a whole bottle of Green anis seed schnapps Ouzo.

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