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.




Spinach with Fruit Salad

Souplantation Recipe

Serves 4

8 cups spinach leaves
1 red apple, cubed
1 cup canned Mandarin orange sections
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup cashews

Cherry Vinegar
1 1/4 cups white wine vinegar
1/4 cup dried cherries

3 tablespoons Miracle Whip
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup canola oil

For cherry vinegar: Whisk white wine vinegar and dried cherries together in a bowl. Cover and let sit for 48 hours at room temperature. Pour into a saucepan and heat to a boil. Strain cherries and discard. Cool vinegar.

For cherry dressing: In a bowl, blend 1 cup of the cherry vinegar with the Miracle Whip, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in canola oil to emulsify.

For salad: Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Dress with enough dressing to moisten, and toss.

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