Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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

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).

Examples

  • 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.

    How to make perfect hummus

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

    Henry and Elizabeth

  • 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.

    Empty beaches and great deals in Greece

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

    The Burning Wire

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

    Tom Sietsema on Agora: A restaurateur turns to Turkey for revamp

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

    The Goo Goo Thing

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

    Of Dove And Other Demons

  • 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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  • What a special word!

    April 19, 2011

  • A veritable fountain of youth in our dolmades and taramasalata and even in our baklava, which didn't commit the sin of containing refined sugar but had only honey.

    —Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 287

    August 17, 2008

  • A yummy Greek salad.

    May 7, 2008

  • good when abbreviated to tara and then accompanied with pitta to form pitta and tara

    January 2, 2008