Greek dressing is a common condiment for salads and is often used as a marinade for chicken and other meats. According to online recipe database AllRecipes.com, Greek dressing typically consists of olive oil, vinegar and a blend of seasonings such as oregano, pepper, salt and garlic. Depending upon the amount of each ingredient, the exact nutrition facts may vary, so check nutrition labels when possible.
According to the nutrition facts from online food database MyFitnessPal, one serving, or two tablespoons, of Greek salad dressing contains 170 calories. If you adhere to the recommended intake of 2000 calories daily, one serving of Greek salad dressing comprises 8.5 percent of your daily recommended calorie intake. The amount of calories you need is based upon your activity levels. For example, the Mayo Clinic indicates that an hour of skiing would be sufficient to burn off two servings of Greek dressing.
Because of the olive oil, the primary nutrient in Greek dressing is fat. MyFitnessPal notes that each serving of two tablespoons contains 19 g of fat, though just 2 g comes from saturated fat. The Harvard School of Public Health explains that unsaturated fat, such as that contained in Greek dressing, is beneficial for your health, as it may decrease your cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation.
In addition to fat, Greek salad dressing contains 1 g of carbohydrates per serving, according to MyFitnessPal. For this reason, Greek salad dressing may be appropriate for low carbohydrate diets. Nutrition expert Glen Danbury notes that low carbohydrate diets do have some advantages, such as increasing fat burning and regulating insulin levels.
According to the nutrition information from MyFitnessPal, Greek salad dressing does not provide any protein per serving. Because protein is an essential nutrient, you should find other dietary sources that do provide protein. You can accomplish this by adding meat to the salad on which you are serving Greek dressing.
If you want a lower calorie salad dressing, look for dressings labeled "low-calorie," "light," or "diet." In addition, you may want to make Greek dressing yourself and reduce the amount of olive oil used. Yogurt-based salad dressings may be lower in calories than regular Greek dressing, but you should check labels to be sure.
- AllRecipes.com: Greek Souvlaki Dressing Recipe
- MyFitnessPal: Calories in Yasou Greek Salad Dressing
- Mayo Clinic: Exercise For Weight Loss: Calories Burned in 1 Hour
- Harvard School of Public Health: Fats and Cholesterol: Out with the Bad, In with the Good - What Should You Eat?
- Glen Danbury: Low Carb Diets: The Way To Go?