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.




Pea, Potato and Barley Soup

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Recipe

Makes 20 Cups

1/4 cup canola oil          
2 1/4 cups yellow onions, chopped) 1/4 inch      
2 cups carrots, chopped 1/4 inch                        
1 1/2 cups celery, chopped 1/4 inch                    
1 tablespoon minced garlic  
12 cups water              
2 1/2 cups dried green split peas                        
6 1/2 cups potatoes, diced  
3/4 cup barley              
3/4 teaspoon dried basil    
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme    
3/4 teaspoon black pepper  
2 bay leaves                
2 tablespoons vegetable base
1 1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped                    

Place oil, chopped onions, chopped carrots and chopped celery into pot. Saute vegetables until soft. Add minced garlic to vegetables and stir together to combine. Saute briefly until garlic is fragrant. Add water, dried split pears, diced potatoes, barley, dried basil, thyme, black pepper, bay leaves, vegetable base and salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer approximately 1 hour or until split peas and barley are soft and fully cooked. Turn off heat. Stir in chopped fresh parsley. Remove bay leaves and serve
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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