Tips for Eating Greek Food

Updated:Mar 28,2017

Many Greek and Middle Eastern dishes are prepared with olive oil, which is one of the better choices of oil but can add lots of calories. Some favorite ingredients like feta cheese and olives are high in sodium.


  • Ask for dishes to be prepared with less oil and served with high-sodium foods on the side.
  • Ask for salad dressing and sauces on the side.
  • Phyllo pastry dishes are usually high in butter, so skip them.
  • Most Greek desserts are high in fat and sugar. If you want to splurge, split one with a friend.

Meat-stuffed appetizers

Appetizers with rice or eggplant

Fried calamari

Dolmas (rice mixture wrapped in grape leaves)

Baba ganoosh (eggplant appetizer)

Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber appetizer)

Moussaka (lamb and beef casserole) and other creamy or cheesy entrees

Roast lamb; shish kabob; couscous or bulgur wheat with vegetables or chicken


Chicken pita sandwich

Spanakopita (spinach pie with egg and cheese)

Plaki (fish cooked in tomatoes, onions and garlic)

Pastries like baklava


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