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.




Three Bean Salad

Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes Copycat Recipe

Serves 10-12

1 (16 oz.) package of frozen green beans
1 (19. oz.) can chic peas )
1 (15.5-16 oz) can dark red kidney beans
1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

To make Salad:  Cook the frozen green beans as directed but for only 10 minutes. Plunge the green beans into ice water until cool and drain, set aside to cool. Rinse and drain canned beans. Pour all beans in a bowl and add bell pepper and onion. Pour dressing on salad and mix well. Salad should set in refrigerate overnight so that the vegetables may marinate.

To make Dressing:  Mix well and pour over salad. If dressing seams a little sharp, check taste after you let the beans marinate. If salad is a little to sharp for your taste, a little sugar may be added. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon mix well.

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