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Souplantation / Sweet Tomatoes Sustainability

Let’s face it, vegetables are our thing. At Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes we pride ourselves on bringing you a fresh variety of vegetables and dishes made from wholesome ingredients. To accomplish this we have formed longstanding relationships with choice vendors to bring the best farm-to-table ingredients and to support farms that use water wisely and share our passion for sustainability. Our farmers look for ways to use water responsibly and practice sustainable farming methods. Farms like The Garlic Company, Campbell Ranches, and Limoneira are a few of our partners that bring you the freshest ingredients grown and harvested with our environment in mind.

Garlic is a key ingredient in many of our dishes and homemade dressings. The Garlic Company keeps us in good supply. Their garlic gets the best start from their own seed, which ensures a consistent flavor. Next is location, location, location, as the farm is located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, which boasts a warm Mediterranean climate and soil custom made for garlic. Garlic is a low-water crop and is grown underground so it is almost naturally organic. Garlic is a natural pesticide and other organic crops use garlic as a pesticide. Currently China produces about 80% of the world’s garlic and, while imported garlic is cheaper, we prefer to pay more to support local farming and bring our guests premium California garlic renowned for its distinct flavor.

If you are a longtime fan of Joan’s Broccoli Madness Salad, you may be familiar with Broccoli Bob, owner of Campbell Ranches in Lompac, California. There are about 120 acres of broccoli planted exclusively for Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes at Campbell Ranches- that’s a lot of broccoli! We noticed that many people focus on the crowns and throw the stems away. We asked Broccoli Bob to cut our broccoli closer to the ground during harvest so we can have more of the broccoli stalk. It’s important to us to use as many vegetables as we can from “root to stem” in this time of drought. The delicious outcome of this method of harvesting is Joan’s Broccoli Slaw among other wholesome recipes.

Closing our list is the sustainability powerhouse Limoneira. Founded in 1893, Limoneira has become a leader in the California citrus industry. Over 100 years ago, the founders laid the foundation for sustainable citrus farming that has lasted through two world wars and the Great Depression. Today, Limoneira remains strongly committed to the environment and uses sustainable practices in each aspect of its daily business. They have also made strategic investments in solar, water, soil, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Their commitment to responsible water use includes lab testing, filtration systems, and a network of micro sprinklers. The result is the delicious lemons we use in our recipes!

The emergency level drought in California has put sustainability and responsible water use and conservation in the spotlight. It’s important to us to not only provide the freshest ingredients, but to also respect the environment and support sustainability. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is a long-time champion of supporting responsible farming and water use. Our strategic relationships are designed to bring our customers a farm-to-table experience that includes a plate for future generations.

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Join us in support of Donna Jones and her fight against cancer.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Sweet Tomatoes Arlington, Texas
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Donna Jones has been a valued crew member at our Arlington Sweet Tomatoes since August of 2008. She was recently diagnosed with cancer. She has worked in several stores in DFW and she now  works as our Catering Coordinator. She is beloved by all, both crew and guests. Donna is the kind of person that brightens a room up when she steps through the door with her smile, attitude, and love of life. She is strong, beautiful, and always will find the silver lining in any situation.

Donna’s first battle with breast cancer was in December of 2012. Mother of three, lost her oldest son, JaQuis (Jazz), to a drowning accident in June of 2013. He was only 17, a high school football star, and about to start his senior year as captain. Through all of this, Donna remained strong and went into remission that same month. This April, Donna was again diagnosed with breast cancer as well as metastatic bone disease in her spine. She went through 14 straight days of radiation and now is in the process of chemotherapy. All of this is taking a toll on her body both mentally and physically, so she is unable to work.

To help support Donna, join us at our Arlington, Texas Sweet Tomatoes location on Thursday, June 18th.  We will donate 100% of the sales from this location to help Donna in her fight against cancer!

If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, visit:

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Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
-Henry James

Ahhh Summer!  Summer gives us the opportunity to enjoy the simple luxuries of life, like biting into a ripe strawberry or spreading a blanket down on the cool grass for a picnic.  It’s a time for county fairs, using a sick day to go to the beach, taking long evening walks, and enjoying fruits and vegetables synonymous with the season.  To kick things off in June, the chefs at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes have created a variety of delicious, farm fresh dishes inspired by summer.  Join us for a cold glass of fresh Strawberry Lemonade and enjoy Strawberry Fields w/ Caramelized Walnuts salad, Superfood Crunch Salad, and Strawberry Muffins.  Our June menu is filled with healthy and fresh choices to help fuel your active summer lifestyle.  Plus, if your summer candle is burning too hot for the police or the fireman, many of our locations offer food to go!  At the table, on the go, or as part of your picnic, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes is your partner for Summer.

 We offer a large variety of options, including the following Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Friendly dishes:

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Broccoli Madness w/ Bacon & Cashews: Gluten-Friendly 
  • Wonton Happiness: Vegetarian
  • Strawberry Fields w/ Caramelized Walnuts: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly
  • Black Bean & Sweet Corn: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 6/1 – 6/14)
  • Superfood Crunch Salad: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Hawaiian Slaw w/ Coconut: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly  (available 6/17 – 6/28) *Regional selections vary


  • Deep Kettle House Chili: Gluten-Friendly  *Regional selections vary
  • Irish Potato Leek: Vegetarian (available 6/17 – 6/28)
  • Four Bean Minestrone: Vegetarian (available 6/1 -6/14) *Regional selections vary
  • Seven Vegetable Soup: Vegan
  • Asian Ginger Broth: Vegetarian (available 6/17 – 6/28)

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Tomato & Spinach
  • Roasted Eggplant Marinara: (available 6/17 -6/28)
  • Vegetarian Marinara w/ Fresh Basil: (available 6/1 -6/14) *Regional selections vary


Vegetarian options:

  • Strawberry Muffins
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Brownie Bites
  • Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Quattro Formaggio Focaccia
  • Cheesy Garlic Focaccia


  • Mixed Berry & Apple Cobbler (available 6/1 – 6/7 after 4pm)Vegetarian
  • Ripened Raspberry Soft Serve: (available 6/11 – 6/14)  Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Chocolate Soft Serve : Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Vanilla Soft Serve: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Tapioca Pudding: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian

Salad Dressings:

(regional selections may vary)

  • Ranch: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Fat-free Ranch: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Blue Cheese: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Fat-free Honey Mustard: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Fat-free Italian: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly
  • Creamy Italian: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Thousand Island: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette: Gluten-Friendly
  • Roasted Garlic: Vegetarian
  • French Catalina: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly

Need even more variety? We 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, but may contain eggs and/or dairy products (cheeses used may contain either microbial or animal enzymes).

*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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County Fair has been crafting our pickles for over 20 years.  Ad that’s very cool, literally.  To make the perfect pickle, the cucumbers must ALWAYS stay cold.  From picking to pickling to packing, they’re kept chilled and fresh.


County Fair knows that the crispest pickling cucumbers come from warm climates.  The San Joaquin Valley has the longest growing season, covering May to October.  During November through April, cucumbers come from sunny Texas and Arizona so they’re picked at the peak of ripeness.  This provides a fresh supply of cucumbers all year long.


As soon as they’re picked, they’re placed in the refrigerated trucks to keep them ice cold.  Within days of harvest, the brining begins.  Within 6 days, they’re shipped fresh and full of flavor in refrigerated trucks to our restaurants.


County Fair Pickles are all natural, no preservatives needed.  They’re brined with real mustard and celery seeds, real sugar and Gilroy, California garlic.  7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.  So you can always taste the freshest, most positively-perfect pickles ever picked.

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When our garlic and lime juice join cilantro and jalapeño, life gets spicy.

by GFBlog May 23, 2015 Around the Table

FRESH LIMES, SQUEEZED AT PERRICONE FARMS.  THAT’S THE WHOLE STORY. Family-owned since the 1930’s, Perricone Farms always searches for later season limes to give us the full juice essence. It takes over 400 limes to make just one gallon of juice. From “lime-to-bottle,” there are never added steps or preservatives. At Perricone, the whole lime [...]

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Souplantation Employee loses 100 lbs by Enjoying Meals at Work!

by admin May 15, 2015 Recipes

Congratulations to Lucas Weaver, service manager at Souplantation in Chula Vista, California, on his 100+ lb weight loss! Lucas lost over 100lbs by regularly enjoying healthy meals at Souplantation. To achieve such an amazing loss, Lucas traded in trips to fast food restaurants for a healthier diet of our soups and salads, loaded with raw [...]

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by rharper May 5, 2015 Industry News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Garden Fresh Turns Up the Heat with Flavor Fiesta Guests will enjoy real garlic, jalapeños and lime juice in menu items featured in May San Diego, Calif. – May 5, 2015 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., parent company of Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants, spices up its menu with a Flavor Fiesta [...]

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

by admin May 4, 2015 Health & Nutrition

Join us for a Celebración in May with a Flavor Fiesta of choices to please your palate.  Bring your amigos and familia on Cinco De Mayo to enjoy our Gluten-Friendly Zesty Turkey Taco Salad, Creamy Cilantro Lime Pesto, and Tomatillo Focaccia.  Indulge later in the month with our Dulce De Leche Soft Serve and rich Pineapple Upside [...]

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

by admin April 13, 2015 Health & Nutrition

April is Lemonicious!  Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is making good use of the farm fresh lemons provided by our grower Limoneira to bring you a selection of delicious dishes just right for Spring. Join us for Creamy Lemon and Asparagus Hot Pasta, Bleu Cheese & Spiced Pecan Lemon Salad and Lemon Linguine w/ Fresh Basil. Enjoy dessert like [...]

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by rharper April 6, 2015 Farmers & Fresh Produce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Garden Fresh to Hold 6th Annual Farmers’ Summit Farmers remain an integral part of its operations; Summit enhances relationships for a better farm-to-table supply chain San Diego, Calif. – April 6, 2015 — Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., the parent company of Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants, announces its sixth annual farmers’ summit [...]

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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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