Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.



Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads New Menu Items

Villa Enterprises, global multi brand restaurant operator and franchisor, announced the return of their popular fall favorites the Harvest Panini sandwich and Harvest Salad at all Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads restaurant locations for a limited time.

The Harvest Panini features sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, cheddar cheese, sage aioli and savory herb stuffing served warm from a Panini press. Also back is the Harvest Salad, packed with fall flavor. This healthy and bountiful salad combines fresh spring mix, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, red onions and crisp apples, topped with apple cider vinaigrette. Guests can choose to add chicken to the Harvest Salad. New to the menu this year is a delicious Harvest Soup, with a savory blend of butternut squash, sweet apples and a hint of rosemary, available now at all Green Leaf’s locations. Guests can “Choose Two” and can pair half of a Harvest Panini with a side Harvest Salad or an 8oz. Harvest Soup.

Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads motto is “The Feel Good, Taste Good, Be Good Choice!” And the specialty is made to order while you watch salads. Guests choose from several fresh ingredients, dressings and toppings and a friendly team member tosses it for you! Delicious wraps, grilled Panini and specialty sandwiches offer guests a meal made from the freshest ingredients.

Chicken Salads on the Chicken Salad Chick Menu

Chicken Salad Chick is a place all chicken salad lovers can find something they enjoy. With 15 different chicken salads to choose from, there is something for every palate. 

Classic Carol - the signature recipe that got it all started.
Dixie Chick - for the onion lover.
Jalapeno Holly - diced jalapenos galore.
Barbie-Q - BBQ flavor that is sure to please.
Kickin’ Kay Lynne -  a combination of buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese & jalapenos.
Buffalo Barclay - Craving wings? This is definitely the choice for you.
Olivia’s Old South - A southern tradition combining sweet pickles & egg.
Luau Lydia - A tropical blend of pineapple & macadamia nuts.
Mimi’s Mix - blend of Fuji apples & cashews.
Fruity Fran - A blend of Fuji apples & seedless grapes.
Nutty Nana - Pecans & cashews.
Jazzy Julie - A spicy mixture of cayenne pepper, bacon & shredded cheddar cheese.
Sassy Scotty - A blend of ranch, bacon & shredded cheddar cheese.
Fancy Nancy - with Fuji apples, pecans & seedless grapes.
Cranberry Kelli - A mixture of dried, sweetened cranberries &
slivered almonds

Broccoli Salad at Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick Restaurant Copycat Recipe

2 heads broccoli, washed and chopped
8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 cup sugar

Whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl to make a creamy, tangy dressing. Wash the broccoli and remove the heads. Toss in large bowl with dressing, cheese and bacon. Refrigerate until served. Best refrigerated overnight.

New Menu Items at Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick Announces New Fall Menu

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, launched its fall menu yesterday featuring brand new menu items, such as the Cranberry Apple Salad and Chicken Tortilla Soup, and guest favorites returning for another year including the Holiday Pimento Cheeseball and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Additionally, restaurants will be featuring a special promotional trio appropriately named Stacy’s Perfect Plate. Stacy’s Perfect Plate features one scoop each of Cranberry Kelli Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese alongside Chicken Salad Chick’s signature Broccoli Salad.

The fall menu items are designed to appeal to guests who crave fresh, seasonal items like apples, cranberry and pumpkin during the fall season.

The Cranberry Apple Salad features mixed greens, dried sweetened cranberries, Fuji apples, feta cheese, chow mein noodles and poppy seed dressing.
The holiday Pimento Cheeseball showcases Chicken Salad Chick’s homemade pimento cheese coated in crushed pecans and crispy bacon
The Chicken Tortilla Soup features roasted corn, diced tomatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, tortilla strips and sour cream.

The Holiday Pimento Cheeseball and Pumpkin Cheesecake also make excellent additions for all types of events. Whether tailgating for a football game or hosting a Thanksgiving luncheon at work, the cheeseball and cheesecake are delicious options that fit the flavor of the season. For more information on Chicken Salad Chick catering, please visit the catering website. The fall menu items will be available through Jan. 2, 2016 at participating Chicken Salad Chick restaurants.

The Chicken Salad Chick concept, born in Auburn, Alabama, was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew; the company now has 41 restaurants across the Southeast.

About Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a Southern classic, offering guests a “custom fit” chicken salad experience, with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly baked desserts. Today, the brand has 41 locations across the Southeast, and has currently sold 141 franchises to be developed across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The brand was recently named as the top chicken salad in the country to try in the March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as one of’s top Movers and Shakers and as one of NRN’s 2015 Breakout Brands. Corporate offices are located at 724 North Dean Road in Auburn, Alabama. S

Creamy Chipotle Salad

Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 10

10 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable base powder
2 teaspoons chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (puree)
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1 3/4 cups canned kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 cups 1/4 inch julienne red bell pepper
1 cup sliced black olives
3/4 cup canned diced green chilies
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Pasta: In a large pot bring water and salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (soft, but still firm). Immediately drain pasta and flash cool in cold water. Drain water. Coast pasta with oil to prevent sticking.

Dressing: Combine mayonnaise, soy sauce, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar, vegetable base powder, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, and minced garlic. Blend all ingredients with either a stick blender or a blender until emulsified.

To assemble: in a large bowl combine pasta, kidney beans, corn, red bell pepper, black olive, red onion, green chilies, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Pour dressing over all and mix until well blended. Store in an air tight container for at least 30 minutes before serving for best flavor.

Lemon Greek Penne Pasta

Sweet Tomatoes Recipe

Serves 4

12 ounces of dry penne pasta cooked according to package directions
1 pint of heavy cream
1/2 cup of butter (one stick or 1/4 pound)
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. In a medium sized sauce pan over medium-high heat melt butter, and add heavy cream. When the mixture begins to bubble stir in Parmesan cheese, and stir until well blended, and the cheese has melted. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest and stir. Season with black pepper and salt to taste.

In a bowl add cooked pasta and pour sauce over cooked pasta, mix well. You may wish to garnish your pasta dish with some additional Parmesan cheese, parsley, or even a couple of capers. This dish does not re-heat well, so plan on enjoying this dish in one setting.

Fresh Ingredients at Salata

Houston-based Salata, a leader in the fast growing salad restaurant category, serves up a variety of new ingredients and offerings from Texas based partners this fall, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its first restaurant, which opened in Houston on Oct. 14, 2005. Now through Oct. 31, guests can choose ingredients from Texas' local bounty to add to a custom salad or salad wrap.

New items include pecans, from the state tree of Texas, that add the perfect crunch to any salad and come from nearby San Saba Pecans in San Saba, Texas. Goat cheese from Cheesemakers in Cleveland, Texas, will also be added to the salad line this fall, and a new Texas-inspired dry rub barbecue chicken, handcrafted by Salata's own team, will be available as an add-on protein.

Guests can enjoy their salads or wraps with a new limeade inspired by Texas' state plant, the prickly pear cactus. Crafted exclusively for Salata by JuicedUp Drinks in Houston, the new Prickly Pear Limeade captures the sweetness of the fruit for a unique twist.

With plans to open 40 additional restaurants by the end of 2016, Salata was ranked among the fastest-growing small chains in the U.S. by Restaurant Business and is included among Nation's Restaurant News' NRN Next 20 – chains poised to break into its Top 200.