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August Calls for Quinoa

by admin on Friday, August 22, 2014 · 1 comment

in Health & Nutrition

Ditch the rice and potatoes – there’s a more nutritious side dish in town – quinoa. It’s considered the “mother of all grains” when it isn’t actually a grain; it’s a seed (fun fact!). Ironic? Perhaps, but we love the delicious versatility of this superfood. So much so that we decided to add quinoa to our menu this month (have you given our Quinoa & Feta Salad a try yet?). Here’s a few more reasons why we added it to our wholesome offerings:

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Do you remember your first visit to Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes? Do you remember your reaction when you realized all of the possible combinations you could make at the salad bar, your first bite of a freshly baked Blueberry Muffin, or the first time you dipped Sourdough Bread into your scratch-made soup? Today, we’re taking you on a trip down a memory lane of firsts.

After witnessing several “first-timers” at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, we’re pretty sure that the overall experience involves a range of excitement like the following list (yup, we’ve seen each and every one of these reactions):

1.    Your face when you walked in and realized that there were SO. MANY. OPTIONS.

2.    When someone told you that our salad bar contains over 50 fresh ingredients (and you proceeded to try and pile every single one onto one plate of fresh goodness).

3.    The look when you took a step past the salad bar and discovered what was beyond – soup, pasta, dessert…ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES!

4.    When you realized you could take 3 – yes, 3 (there’s no judgment here) – bowls of 3 different soups at once…or more!

5.    When the time came to head back for seconds (Or thirds. Or sixths for that matter).

6.    When you made your first Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes recipe hack (there’s not a .gif great enough to express your excitement when we regrammed it on our Instagram).

7.    The look of triumph when you approached the bar on your 5th trip back (you knew what you liked and how you wanted to dish it out).

8.    When you realized the soft serve station was entirely DIY (there’s no such thing as overboard when it comes to dessert, right?!).

9.    When you realized you could actually have a bite of everything on the menu (why would you ever choose soup OR salad again when you can have both?).

10.    And, the moment you realized you could visit again the next day.

Did you have an epic reaction when you first visited Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes? Tell us about it below!

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CHICAGO – August 8, 2014 – Garden Fresh announced today that their annual Easter Seals fundraiser hosted nationwide at 128 restaurants brought lifetime totals for Easter Seals to more than $240,000. Funds raised during June topped $26,000 from the sale of homemade chocolate chip cookies at Sweet Tomatoes & Souplantation restaurants from coast to coast.

“We thank Sweet Tomatoes for their continued support,” said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals, Inc. “Sweet Tomatoes is helping Easter Seals create life-changing solutions for children and adults with disabilities.”\

“We’re thrilled at the participation we saw in the communities this year. We decided to work with Easter Seals because it reminded us so much of Sweet Tomatoes in its core values,” said Lesa Pickinpaugh, General Manager, Schaumburg. “They have a passion to serve, exemplify integrity and show their respect for each individual by helping all people with disabilities. In working with Easter Seals, we know our donation will make a difference and benefit families within Sweet Tomatoes communities.”

The funds raised will benefit 21 Easter Seals affiliates across 15 states.

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We’re taking your taste buds on a trip with the flavors of the Mediterranean this month! There’s no need to pack any bags to try these superfood-filled dishes, just head to your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and fill up your plate up with the following Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-free items we have available.

We’re also featuring a sweet treat to accompany your meal – our fan-favorite Gluten-Free Coconut Muffins! Be sure to fill up before they’re gone at the end of the month!

Tossed Salads:

  • Classic Greek (available 8/1-8/17): This Vegetarian and Gluten-free dish will satisfy just about everyone’s cravings
  • Mediterranean Salad (available 8/17-8/29): This Vegetarian and Gluten-free salad is the quintessential Mediterranean fare! Yum

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Broccoli Madness: A Gluten-free item that is always available to enjoy
  • Quinoa & Feta: This Vegetarian dish is too tasty to pass up
  • Italian Orzo (available 8/1-8/17):  A refreshing Vegetarian dish that will have you returning for seconds
  • Picnic Potato (available 8/1-8/17): It’s not summer until you try this Vegetarian and Gluten-free potato salad
  • Dill & Dijon Potato (available 8/17-8/29): A zesty Gluten-free and Vegan salad
  • Mediterranean Orecchiette (available 8/17-8/29): Our new spin on a Vegetarian pasta salad


  • Deep Kettle House Chili: A hearty and low-fat, Gluten-free dish
  • Santa Fe Black Bean Chili (available in select locations): A delicious low-fat, Vegan and Gluten-free option
  • Roasted Ratatouille: Fun to say and, being Vegan and Gluten-free, even better to eat!
  • Irish Potato Leek (available 8/1-8/17): A hearty Vegetarian soup
  • Creamy Sweet Tomato & Basil with Tomato Basil Croutons (available 8/1-8/17): Get ready to dip your favorite focaccia in this Vegetarian soup
  • Four Bean Minestrone (available 8/17-8/29): This Vegetarian soup is chock full of deliciousness

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Vegetarian Marinara
  • Four Cheese Alfredo (available 8/1-8/17)
  • Penne Arrabiata (available 8/1-8/17)
  • Vegetarian Marinara (available 8/17-8/29)
  • Lemon Greek Penne (available 8/17-8/29)


Craving more Vegetarian options? We have them:

  • Big Blue Blueberry Muffins
  • Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Chocolate Brownie Bites
  • Quattro Formaggio Focaccia
  • Bruschetta Focaccia (available 8/1-8/17)

And don’t forget to grab our Vegetarian AND Gluten-free bakery item:

  • Gluten-free Coconut Muffin (available 8/1-8/14): These tasty Gluten-Free treats are also Vegetarian


Need a sweet treat? Enjoy the following:

  • Chocolate & Vanilla Soft Serve: Both Gluten-free & Vegetarian
  • Tapioca Pudding: Gluten-free
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse: Gluten-free & Vegetarian
  • Flavored Gelatin: An old-time fave that is also Gluten-free
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake (available 8/7-8/10): Delightfully sweet and Vegetarian
  • Valencia Orange Soft Serve (available 8/7-8/10): Vegetarian

Salad Dressings:

Our Gluten-free salad dressings include:

  • Ranch, Fat-free Ranch, Blue Cheese, Fat-free Honey Mustard, Fat-free Italian, French, Thousand Island, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Olive Oil and Vinegar

Our Vegan salad dressings include:

  • Basil Vinaigrette, Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette, Fat-free Italian Dressing, Vinaigrette, Lemon Greek Vinaigrette, Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Need even more variety? We {almost} ALWAYS have the following Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-free items available:

  • Fresh cut produce
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Baked potatoes

Do you have an additional allergy or dietary restriction? Our managers have a full list of ingredients on hand in each location and will gladly assist you in determining which menu items are available to enjoy!

*We define Vegetarian dishes as any menu item not containing poultry, beef, pork or fish
*We define Vegan dishes as any menu item not containing meat, eggs, dairy products, or any other animal-derived ingredients
*We define Gluten-Free as any menu item not containing wheat, rye or barley

Due to the nature of our restaurants there is a possibility of cross-contact between menu items. We also make ingredient substitutions from time to time.  This information is intended as a guide and is not a guarantee that a particular product is completely free of certain ingredients.  We encourage you to carefully consider your dining choices if you have a severe sensitivity or allergy to certain foods.

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San Diego Souplantations Get a Fresh New Look

by admin August 1, 2014 Company News

Change is Good. In Fact, It’s Delicious. Fresh ingredients make all of our recipes at Souplantation taste better – so imagine how delicious your meal will be when dining in our newly refreshed San Diego locations! Since San Diego is our hometown and where our roots are based, we wanted to give our restaurants in [...]

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by Rick Van Warner August 1, 2014 Company News

SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2014 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed John Morberg as its Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Mr. Morberg has served as the Company’s interim Chief Executive Officer since May 6, 2014 and as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel since January 2007. “Over [...]

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How we spell family road trip fun: B-I-N-G-O!

by admin July 31, 2014 Fun Stuff

With summertime fun in full swing and Labor Day just around the corner, it’s that time of year when families are packing up the car and heading out on the open road for some adventure and quality time together. While family road trips are a great opportunity to bond and create memories, no one wants [...]

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The Most Delicious Designs: Announcing the Winning Recipes

by admin July 24, 2014 Company News

Our judging panel is still licking their lips thinking of all the scrumptious #MyDelicious submissions they sampled while choosing the Design Your Own Delicious contest winner! Now, they’ve finally put down their forks and tallied the scores so we can announce our Grand Prize winner and two runners up. So, without further ado, we bring [...]

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Beat the Heat: Refreshing Summer Recipes

by admin July 15, 2014 Fun Stuff

Hot oven on a hot day? No, thank you!  When dinner duty calls, a refreshing, veggie-filled summer meal should be the answer. Of course, cool and fresh veggies are waiting for you at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes (in addition to yummy muffins and no clean up!). But, on those days when you want to whip up something [...]

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by Rick Van Warner July 12, 2014 Company News

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 10, 2014 – Today through Sunday, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants will offer delicious, limited time menu items featuring lemons as the star ingredient. The ‘Pucker Up’ menu is available in Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations across the country until July 13. “Summer is a great time to enjoy lemonade, [...]

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Discover Fresh Abundance

Let's just say within 24 hours of being in the ground, it's on a refrigerated truck on its way to us. Our food is made from scratch every day. Our salad bar buffet features over 50 fresh ingredients, including specialty tossed and prepared salads. In addition to salads, we server original recipe hot pastas, hand-crafted soups, scratch-made muffins, and Focaccia breads in our hot buffet. Create. Indulge. Enjoy.

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