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Between large family dinners, holiday parties and work potlucks, this season can soon leave you with the desire to never cook – or clean up your kitchen – again! If you’re in the mood to ditch your apron while still giving your family the nutritious, wholesome meal they deserve, stop by your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes and fill your plate with some of our flavorful, fresh, and festive menu options available this month. Picky eaters, vegetarians, vegans and those trying to avoid gluten will all be satisfied with our variety of options, including the following Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dishes:

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Broccoli Madness: A Gluten-Friendly item that is always available to enjoy
  • Joan’s Veggie Slaw (available 12/1-12/29): A Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly twist on an old favorite
  • Dill & Dijon Potato Salad (available 12/1-12/29): This hearty Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dish is a must try
  • Sriracha Ranch Slaw (available 12/1-12/29): If you like a little spicy kick, be sure to try this Vegetarian salad
  • Whole Grain Confetti Couscous with Feta (available 12/17-12/29): Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with this Vegetarian side dish (P.S. Try making a similar dish for all of your upcoming holiday potlucks)


  • Deep Kettle House Chili (regional selections may vary): A hearty and low-fat, Gluten-Friendly dish
  • Tomato Parmesan & Vegetables (available 12/1-12/29): All you need to decide is what to dip into this Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly soup
  • Split Pea & Potato Barley (available 12/1-12/14): Cozy up while you can to a bowl of this Vegetarian soup
  • Creamy Cauliflower & Cheese (available 12/17-12/29): Be sure to warm up with a bowl of this Vegetarian delight

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese



Craving more Vegetarian options? We have them:

  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Sweet Orange & Cranberry Muffins (available 12/1-12/29)
  • Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Quattro Formaggio Focaccia
  • Cheesy Garlic Focaccia
  • Roasted Red Pepper Focaccia (regional selections may vary)


Need a sweet treat? Enjoy the following:

  • Chocolate Lava Cake (available in select locations after 4pm 12/17 – 12/19): A Vegetarian dessert available for dinner
  • Cranberry Apple Cobbler (available 12/4-12/10 after 4pm and 12/11-12/17 all day): A Vegetarian treat available for a limited time
  • Banana Upside-Down Cake (available in select locations 12/17-12/29): This sweet Vegetarian treat will have your taste buds doing cartwheels
  • Eggnog (served 12/4-12/7), Candy Cane (served 12/18-12/21), Chocolate, & Vanilla Soft Serve: All  Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Tapioca Pudding: Gluten-Friendly
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian

Salad Dressings:

Our Gluten-Friendly salad dressings include:

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

Our Vegan salad dressings include:

  • Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette, Fat-free Italian,, and

Need even more variety? We {almost} ALWAYS have the following Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Friendly 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 at 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-Friendly as any menu item that is prepared using no gluten containing ingredients in a non-gluten-free kitchen. May contain traces of gluten.

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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Winner, Winner Chicken Chili Dinner

by admin on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 · 0 comments

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Do your kiddos like to cook? There’s something about bringing the family together in the kitchen to prepare a meal that makes what appears on the dinner table taste so much better. Whether you’re the culinary master, creating your own recipes and doling out roles in the kitchen, or like to adopt the role of sous chef (we admire someone that has knife skills!), this recipe is the perfect fall-time dish for your family to whip up together. In fact, the recipe was developed by students in Granite Hills High School’s cooking course as a part of a friendly competition. The recipe was so good, our very own Culinary Team chose it as the class winner!

So, as the weather turns chilly, turn up the heat in your kitchen with this winning Chicken Chili recipe.

Granite Hills Chicken Chili Recipe.

Do you have a signature chili? Share the recipe with us so we can include it on our Pinterest board.

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The holiday season is officially here and you know what that means – lots of time shared with family and friends over a meal. More family time is one of the reasons we love this time of year, but we get it – all of the dinner parties and extravagant get-togethers can become stressful…and awkward if you let them. Read on to see why having your next family dinner at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is a better option than hosting it yourself.


1). You’re not responsible for the cooking.

Remember that time you messed up the one dish everyone had been waiting to enjoy all year long? *Major facepalm* Don’t let that happen again – at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, everyone can have their favorite seasonal dish, with no pressure on you.


2). No decorating required.

We all want to be festive, but there is such a thing as going overboard (have you tried to get glitter out of a couch cushion?). Our décor is juuust right (especially in our newly refreshed locations!).

3). Picky eaters are satisfied.

They loooved peas last year, but now they won’t eat anything but corn with raisins. No worries – we’ve got something that will please every picky eater in your group.

(Our menu is also full of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly dishes for family and friends who have dietary restrictions!)

4). You won’t run out of food.

Not to worry, we have enough mac & cheese for you to have seconds, and thirds, and fourths…

5). Your mom won’t have time to tell that embarrassing story…again.

You know what will stop any family member from retelling that horrific story from when you were a teenager? Fresh muffins. Right out of our oven. You’re welcome.

6).  There won’t be texting at the table.

With over 50 fresh ingredients on our salad bar and (probably) a million different ways for you to design your own meal – no one will have time for their phone… unless it’s to Instagram a pic of their culinary creation!


Dishes…for a party of 10…no thank you! We’ll tackle the chore of clearing and cleaning your plates so you have more time to enjoy the company you’re with.

8). Houseguests won’t overstay their welcome.

You can’t ask Cousin Tom to leave your home, but Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes does have a closing time (but, don’t fret, it’s not until 9 or 10pm, so you can enjoy a leisurely family dinner!).

Now that you see how much easier your next meal could be, turn off your oven, call your friends and family, and plan on meeting at your local Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes. Even better, you don’t need a reservation!


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Imagine over 100 acres of planted broccoli. Imagine that it’s all yours. Imagine how much Joan’s Broccoli Madness Salad you could make and indulge in with the tasty crop. Guess what? We’re here to share that this daydream is (kind of) a reality. While we don’t recommend eating that much Joan’s Broccoli Madness in one sitting, Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes does have 120 acres of broccoli planted at Campbell Ranches exclusively at our disposal to create as many tasty dishes as possible (yum!).

You may wonder how that much broccoli makes it to your table still fresh, and Bob Campbell (our grower and owner of Campbell Ranches) has the answer with his agricultural cooler. With the ability to cool produce quickly in three different ways, this technology is able to immediately ice down our broccoli, which allows Campbell Ranches to move it into refrigerated trucks and then rush it to our kitchens where we hand cut the produce – all within the same day it is harvested. Pretty cool pickings, huh?

We consider Bob Campbell an integral member of the Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes family and have bestowed the nickname “Broccoli Bob” upon him. Since we also consider each of our guests an important part of our family, we hope that if you are in the San Diego area on Saturday, November 22nd, you’ll join us at our Give up a Can and Discover Fresh event at the Del Mar Souplantation location. Along with the chance to meet Broccoli Bob, we’ll be handing out produce samples straight from Campbell Ranches to the first 100 attendees. We will also be collecting canned food donations for the North County Food Bank, offering a free meal pass to each person who donates a non-perishable good to use that day! Come along, enjoy the taste of farm-fresh broccoli with us & make sure to share your excitement during the event using the hashtag, #SouplantationDelMar.

From raw to steamed to grilled, what ways do you like to enjoy broccoli? Share in the comments below.

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News Leek: Meet our Local Leek Farmer

by admin November 13, 2014 Company News

  Bigger isn’t always better, but in the case of Muranaka Farms – the largest U.S. shipper of bunched leeks – we firmly believe we’ve found the best leek grower for all the dishes at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes. As you get to know them, we think you’ll come to the same conclusion. Muranaka Farms was established [...]

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3 Ways to Set your Thanksgiving Day Table

by admin November 12, 2014 Around the Table

Whether it’s deep fried or roasted or barbequed – you are always in charge of the Thanksgiving Day turkey. Great Aunt Susan will bring her famous pecan pie, your brother is in charge of ice and the kids of the family are in charge of decking out the table. When it comes to a holiday [...]

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November’s Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Friendly Menu at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

by admin November 4, 2014 Health & Nutrition

Nothing signifies the start of fall and the holiday season like sitting around the table with family and friends to share a meal. To celebrate the comfort found in a warm, hearty meal we’ve introduced our November menu, filled with traditional seasonal favorites that will warm you up no matter how cool the day is. [...]

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Creepy Carvings: 3 Pumpkin Carving Templates for Halloween

by admin October 30, 2014 Fun Stuff

    The spider webs have been hung in the eves with care, spooky snacks have been prepped and the perfect pumpkin is already sitting on your porch. The only thing left to do is show off your creativity, in carved format, and finish your Jack-O-Lantern! From a simple spooky face to the more advanced [...]

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by rharper October 22, 2014 Company News

  Garden Fresh Activates Discover Fresh™ Campaign, Reiterates Commitment to Farm-Fresh Ingredients Revitalization strategy to involve updated restaurants and improved guest experiences   SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 22, 2014 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., the parent company of Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation, announced today its activation of a brand revitalization plan called Discover Fresh™. [...]

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A Hair-Raisingly Wholesome Halloween

by admin October 21, 2014 Fun Stuff

Halloween is just around the corner and we’re busy prepping for the holiday! Our chefs have already perfected our Pumpkin Spice Cobbler and Pumpkin Soft Serve recipes so these treats are ready for you to enjoy later this month (see when!), and our October menu is chock full of additional seasonal superfoods to enjoy. Even [...]

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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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