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.
Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
CREAMY ITALIAN PASTA SALAD
1 1/2 cups uncooked twist pasta
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh basil or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped ripe olives
In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until tender; rinse with cold water and drain.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt, and black pepper. Add pasta, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, and olives; toss to coat well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve chilled.
Notes: Feel free to add other colorful veggies, like cut up carrots or red onion or whatever you have on hand.