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.
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Recipe
Makes about 12 Cups
Pineapple Mashmallow Mixture:
3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
3 cups pineapple tidbits (1 or 2 can)
Drain pineapple juice and save for the dressing. In a bowl, combine the pineapple tidbits and marshmallows and mix. Set aside to allow marshmallows to soften.
5 teaspoons white flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup pineapple juice (from tidbits)
3 fluid ounces liquid eggs
7 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups prepared whipped cream topping
3 fluid ounces caramel sauce
In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and flour and mix. Whisk in the pineapple juice and mix until there are no lumps of flour. Whisk in the eggs and vinegar. In a pot, heat mixture to just a boil. Simmer until thickened. Place in the refrigerator until cold. Once the mixture is cold, whisk in the whipped cream topping and caramel sauce until thoroughly combined and smooth.
9 cups ¼” x 1” diced Granny Smith apples (2 lbs)
1 1/4 cups roughly chopped peanuts
1 cup black raisins
Pineapple tidbit / marshmallow mixture
Cut apples to size. In a bowl, combine the apples, peanuts, raisins, pineapple tidbits, marshmallows, and dressing. Gently mix to coat all ingredients.