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.




Strawberry Fields Salad

Strawberry Fields w/ Caramelized Walnuts
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Recipe

Caramelized Walnuts:
2 cups water
1/2 cup diced walnut pieces
2 Tablespoons white sugar

Boil water. Add walnuts and cook for 30 seconds. Strain the walnuts. Combine walnuts and sugar in a bowl. Stir to coat. Place sugar covered walnuts on a sheet pan and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Yields 1/2 cup.

1 1/2 lbs. sweetened frozen strawberries
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup canola oil

Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend. Yields 4 cups.

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
4 cups mesculin mixed lettuce
1 cup strawberries, sliced 1/2 inch
1/2 cup caramelized walnuts
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup sliced red onions
1/2 cup black raisins
1/2 cup dressing

Combine ingredients in a bowl and toss until evenly coated with dressing.

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