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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Italian White Bean Salad



ITALIAN WHITE BEAN SALAD
Souplantation Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 (14.5 oz.) can white beans, drained but not rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
squeeze of lemon juice
2 teaspoons wine vinegar (red or white)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dry herbs de provence (crumbled) OR 1 teaspoon of some combination of finely chopped rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and lavender
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

After you chop up the onion, squeeze a little lemon juice over it and let it sit while prepping the other ingredients. According to my mother, this will take the edge off the onion. Combine all ingredients into a serving dish. You can serve right away if you want, but if you chill for a few hours, the flavors will come together better.

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