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.

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Irish Potato Leek Soup



IRISH POTATO LEEK SOUP
Souplantation Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups leeks, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 medium potatoes, coarsely chopped
4 cups vegetable stock or 4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups light cream
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped

In large pan, heat the oil and add the leeks, celery, onion and garlic. Saute over medium heat, until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the vegetable stock or water, potatoes, salt, pepper& thyme; bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes, until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Add the cream and herbs and return to a light simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove the soup from the heat and let sit a few minutes before serving. Serve with warm bread.

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