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Galeos Marinatos (Marinated Tope Shark Fish) and Greek Style Horiatiki Spinach Salad

Galeos (tope shark)  are found around the coast of the Mediterranean.  The genus Galeorhinus galeus is derived from the Greek words “galeos” meaning a shark and “rhinos” which means nose.

Tope is closely related to the blue shark and shares many of the features of this fish.   Tope reach 1 – 2 metres length and their flesh is white, firm and very tasty.

English language common names include tope shark, eastern school shark, flake, greyboy, greyshark, Penny’s dog, schnapper shark etc. See other Common Names of this fish here.

The traditional way of cooking galeos in Greece is deep frying the fish and serving it with Skordalia.    This would be a delicious dish for winter but with too many calories and not for diet.   Being on the Mediterranean Diet, I have been trying to incorporate more fish in our diet and have been trying new ways of cooking them healthier, so marinating it and baking it makes a much lighter and healthy meal.

I marinated the fish and then baked it in the oven.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

Greek style Horiatiki  Spinach Salad, recipe by Ivy
Serves:  4 – 6

  • 8 cups of baby spinach
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, cut into slices
  • 1 cup or more various peppers (green, yellow, orange, red) cut into slices
  • 100 grams feta
  • 10 Kalamata olives
  • 4 – 5 gherkins or 1 tablespoon capers
  • 10 cherry tomatoes and ½ tomato
  • 1 small cucumber (about ½ cup) cut into slices

Balsamic salad dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Greek honey
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard, preferably Dijon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

Put all the salad dressing ingredients in a food processor and mix.

Place the spinach in a large bowl, add the dressing and mix well to coat.

Add all the remaining ingredients and toss well.

Refrigerate for half an hour before serving for all the flavours to mix.

That’s not all.  How about some dessert to go with it.  My recipe Mahalebi with Strawberries would be a great choice and it is in a contest for recipes from Cyprus.  Hope you will take a minute and vote for my recipe here.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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42 Responses

  1. We call this fish “flake” Ivy…so easy to prepare and very refreshing with that salad.

  2. A very beautiful and delicious fish dish…and how I love that summer salad!

  3. I like the idea of the mustard in the marinade. Surely that goes well!
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  4. A healthy and lipsmackingly good meal! I've never had that fish, but I would definitely try!



  5. That is my kind of meal! Love the marinade and the salad dressing.
    Thanks for the lesson on Tope.
    The plate looks beautiful, so fresh and colorful.

  6. Lazaro

    Love this dish. Wonderful flavors and colorful for the eyes. Never tried that shark, but I would certainly try your dish. Two thumbs up!


  7. I voted for both your recipes Ivy! Good luck. This is so fresh, healthy and delicious looking! I would love to try shark.
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    • Thank you so much Reeni 🙂

  8. Quel menu, je passe manger chez toi quand tu veux.
    Magnifique photo en plongée.
    A bientôt.

  9. Love the marinade and the salad dressing. Thank you Ivy!
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  10. best cook

    Love the marinade and the salad dressing too. Thanks!

  11. This is a nice light, summery dish. Especially these days with the thermometer reaching 37 degrees.
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  12. i love this dish,fish and salad,my favorites!the photos(including the dessert) are beautiful!

  13. holy smokes! this is so well done! so professionally made! your sucha a pro! i would love to try some of this 😉 hhehehe

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  14. I thought I would have known something when you gave more names of the fish but nope…I do not know any of the other names too! It is entirely new to me 🙂
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  15. That looks delicious,Ivy! I am going to vote for you! Good luck 🙂

    • Thank you Erica.

  16. Wow! Ivy this dish looks fantastic! I love galeos and with the salad it is perfect for the summer!
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  17. I would love to try tope shark one day, sounds interesting to me. Love your Greek salad too, I love to learn how to make different salad as you love, Chinese do not make as much salad as Westerners.
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  18. That shark looks like swordfish; I can’t imagine deep-frying two meters of fish! Like your light version better, and great with your spinach salad; you are giving me an idea we just brought back a ton of fresh spinach from the orchard and I have to come up with ways to use it. Your dessert is lovely and you’ve got my vote!

  19. Beautiful pieces of fish. Who knew shark was this good? The marinade also sounds delish!
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  20. This all looks delicious! YUM!

    • Thank you Jessica.

  21. Ivy, what a nice fish dish…and together with a fantastic salad…great meal! Love the pictures 🙂

  22. What a great recipe Ivy. I could have fish almost every day of the week and never get bored with it. Especially galeos. Great job!

  23. Ivy

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments.
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  24. rien a dire un plat très équilibré, j'aime beaucoup la marinade que tu as utilisée
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  25. Cooking with Kait

    A terrific tope shark recipe. I would much rather have it baked than fried.
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    • Hi Kait and welcome to my site. I've stopped frying for ages now as it would add tons of calories 🙂

  26. Ivy, shark as shark, but salad is great! I will prepare myself, especially as a fan of spinach in salads. A beautiful week!

  27. This looks delicious Ivy!!

  28. The shark looks terrific! we haven't had shark in a long time as we haven't been able to purchase it here recently.

  29. This looks wonderful – I am so going to try this marinade with cod (which would be the closest I could find here to the fish you used). Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • Valerie never thought of marinating Cod but I think it would be a great idea.

  30. This looks wonderful. healthy too! Thanks for sharing this with us.
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    • Welcome Velva and hope to be seeing you often.

  31. Awesome. I just had galeos recently in Astoria at Stamatis taverna. It was made the traditional way of course and so good, even still in the morning when my breath continued to stank like skordalia 🙂 I love the healthy flavor you go going on with your cooking!
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  32. Looks like a wonderful light summer meal. I love spinach in salad!
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  33. Ivy, your food dishes ALWAYS look scrumptious. Love the look of that dessert.

  34. I never had this type of shark I donnot l think. I will look for it Ivy! but it looks heathy and appealing with the spinach peasant salad!
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  35. Delicious! I rarely make fish and I know I should make and eat it more often. Fabulous marinade and great recipe! Looks so good!