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.
Citrus Chicken Pasta Salad
CITRUS CHICKEN PASTA SALAD
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons seasoned red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
1 tablespoons minced orange zest
1 1/4 lbs. cooked penne pasta
1/2 lb. cooked chicken, 1/2 inch dice
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup cucumbers, 1/4 inch dice
1 cup celery, 1/4 inch dice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk together all the citrus vinaigrette ingredients. Set aside.
Pasta: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together all the pasta ingredients. Drizzle the citrus vinaigrette over the pasta.
Note: For the best results, allow the salad to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.