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Inspiration comes in many forms. A work of art, a secret muse – or even our flavorful salad bar can awaken the creative spirit within you. While the Mona Lisa sure is easy on the eyes, our favorite creations are the ones that make our taste buds tingle!

With over 50 fresh ingredients on our salad bar and a bounty of fresh bakery items, made from scratch soups and a decadent dessert bar – designing your own delicious recipes is what Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is all about! To find some of our favorite or – dare we even say – genius receipt hacks, we scoured Instagram and the submissions to our Design Your Own Delicious contest, to find the following culinary masterpieces.  Trust us, the soft serve possibilities have never seemed so endless!

1) Champion Chicken Chopped Salad

Recipe hack #1 comes from Celia S., who artfully tops a rainbow of fresh veggies with warm, chopped chicken. The real hook? Her secret “Champion Dressing”, made by combining our Honey Mustard and Fat-Free Ranch Dressings. This addition is obviously what makes this recipe a “winner” in our book (add some freshly-baked Focaccia as a side to turn up the YUMMINESS of this meal!).


2) Insane for Grains Bowl

Fuel up on fiber with this recipe hack from @TOOFUNWEST.  Start with a bed of mixed greens and pile on goodies like green peas, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, sweet corn and a crunchy topper (like crispy wontons or croutons). While this bowl used our Quinoa and Feta Salad and Italian Orzo (available in August), try a scoop of Three Bean Marinade or Greek Couscous with Feta & Pine Nuts (available September 17th-28th).

3.) Kickin’ Cornbread Soup

No more putting your cornbread on the side – it takes center stage with this recipe hack from @mssasha. Start with a piece of Buttermilk Cornbread and break it open to help soak up all the deliciousness you’re about to add. Next, add Deep Kettle House Chili and a ladle of Classic Creamy Tomato Soup (available September 18th-24th). Top it off with cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and red chili flakes – if you’re ready to kick it up a notch.

4) Creamy Chicken Mushroom Alfredo with Penne

Nathan M. transformed our penne pasta with a sprinkle of bacon bits, a dash of green onions, a pinch of crushed red peppers, a hint of lemon, some mushrooms, and pieces of his chicken skewer in this drool-worthy recipe hack.

5) Sweet Potato Sundae

Have you ever thought about topping a superfood with soft serve? Never limit your culinary creativity! This dessert hack by Jessica K. shows just how tasty a sweet spud can be!

6) Chocolate Brownie Mousse Bite Delight

Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? This recipe hack by Cori G. echoes our opinion – no way! The layered dessert is made up of a halved brownie bite filled with chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate soft serve, chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles!

If these recipe hacks weren’t enough “food-spiration” for you, be sure to follow our Instagram account – we’re sharing all of our favorite recipe hacks there! And, be sure to tag all of your palate-pleasing pics with @Souplantation or #SweetTomatoes so we can see and share them, too!

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August Calls for Quinoa

by admin on Friday, August 22, 2014 · 3 comments

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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:

Pin, share and download this infographic using the SHARE button below so you can remember to pick up some quinoa on your next trip to the store. And, if you need a few quinoa recipe ideas, take a look at our Pinterest board!

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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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August Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Menu at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

by admin August 6, 2014 Health & Nutrition

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 [...]

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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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GARDEN FRESH RESTAURANT CORP. NAMES JOHN MORBERG CEO

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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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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