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.
Caribbean Chicken Salad
CARIBBEAN CHICKEN SALAD
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
2 cups cooked diced chicken
2 firm bananas, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup flaked coconut (see Note)
1/2 cup cashew pieces
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
In a large bowl, combine sour cream and confectioners' sugar; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients except lettuce; toss until thoroughly mixed.
Place shredded lettuce on a serving platter or divide among 4 to 6 serving plates; top with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.
Notes: To enhance the flavor of the coconut, spread it on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.