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Souplantation Flavor Fiesta


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 is juiced, keeping all the essential oils in.


Grown by The Garlic Company on the sunny west coast, our garlic has a savory, laidback flavor. It has none of the sharp, bitterness of cheaper, imported garlicmany restaurants use. The Garlic Company will grow 21 million cloves for us this year. Every clove is cooled and used immediately. That’s totally chill.


Your tastebuds will celebrate the freshness of all our produce. Our cilantro from Muranaka farms and fresh and pickled jalapeños are no exception. Whether it’s one of our hand-tossed salads, fresh-baked focaccia or made-from-scratch soups, it’s not just a meal. It’s a party.

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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 vegetables.

Congratulations on creating a healthier lifestyle Lucas.  We are proud of you!

Check out Lucas’s full story in a featured report on CNN.

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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 for the month of May. Inspired by Cinco de Mayo, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants will feature Mexican-inspired dishes at the salad bar, the soup bar, and the bakery.

The new menu kicks off with Albondigas Locas, a traditional Mexican meatball soup with fresh vegetables and herbs. On the salad bar guests will find Zesty Turkey Taco Salad, Chipotle, Lime & Cilantro Quinoa, and Pepper Verde Potato Salad. For the month of May, Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation is also serving their Tomatillo Focaccia, loaded with tangy Mexican tomatillos.

“With the Flavor Fiesta menu, you’ll find dishes packed with spice and zest, and throughout these recipes you’ll find two common ingredients: garlic and lime,” said Julie Derry, Chief Marketing Officer for Garden Fresh. “By working closely with our local garlic and lime farmers, we can ensure our guests get high-quality products that burst with flavor.”

While much of the U.S. gets its garlic from China, which can be bitter, Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation prefer the savory flavors of garlic grown in the Mediterranean climate of California where The Garlic Company is located.  The Garlic Company provides Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation with 1.3 million garlic heads per year.

Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation’s lime juice comes from Perricone Farms, a third generation family-owned grower out of Newport Beach, California. Perricone Farms uses whole limes for juicing, adding essential lime oil from the peels into the juice, enhancing the flavor.

“Both of these farms are concerned with reducing waste and increasing sustainability, which is important to us when creating relationships with growers,” said John Morberg, CEO of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. “Garlic is naturally a low-water crop, while the lime rinds are used as animal feed.”

About Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. operates 126 restaurants in 15 states under two brand names:  Souplantation (only in Southern CA) and Sweet Tomatoes. The restaurants provide a one-of-a-kind dining experience where guests have the freedom to create their own fresh and wholesome meal from an abundant salad bar paired with a selection of eight craveable soups, hot pastas, fresh from the oven baked goods and delectable desserts. Passionately serving families, friends and their communities for 37 years, the restaurants are known for their farm-fresh seasonal ingredients, made-from-scratch recipes and hospitable service, all at an everyday value.

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Kolp
Uproar PR for Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.
321-236-0102 x226

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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 Down Cake (served after 4pm).  Treat your mother to a healthy meal at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes on Mother’s day where a variety of delicious, farm fresh dishes are available for her selection.  Take a break from grilling on Memorial Day and let your guests custom make their own meal creations.  There’s so much to celebrate in May, let us help you get the party started!

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

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Broccoli Madness: Gluten-Friendly 
  • Wonton Happiness: Vegetarian
  • Zesty Turkey Taco Salad: Gluten-Friendly 
  • Chipotle Lime & Cilantro Quinoa: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 5/1 – 5/14)
  • Pepper Verde Potato: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly (available 5/1 – 5/14)
  • Provencal Green Bean & Potato: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 5/17 – 5/29)
  • Caribbean Pasta: Vegetarian (available 5/17 – 5/29)
  • Sriracha Ranch Slaw: Vegetarian


  • Deep Kettle House Chili: Gluten-Friendly  *Regional selections vary
  • Broccoli and Potato Chowder: Vegetarian (available 5/8 – 5/29)
  • Classical Minestrone: Vegan (available 5/1 – 5/29)
  • Santa Fe Black Bean Chili: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 5/1 -5/14)
  • Vegetarian Harvest: Vegetarian (available 5/17 – 5/29)

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Creamy Cilantro Lime Pesto Alfredo
  • Roasted Eggplant Marinara *Regional selections vary


  • Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly Horchata Muffins *Regional selections vary

Vegetarian options

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


  • Chocolate Lava Cake (available 5/1 – 5/14 after 4pm)Vegetarian
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake (available 5/17 – 5/29 after 4pm)Vegetarian
  • Dulce De Leche Soft Serve: Gluten-Friendly & Vegetarian
  • Chocolate Soft Serve (available 5/11 – 5/29): 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
  • Green Chile Ranch: Vegetarian 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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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 Industry News

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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When Limoneira Gives Us Lemons, We Make Salads, Pasta, and Muffins

by admin April 2, 2015 Health & Nutrition

122 YEARS AND STILL FRESH. Limoneira, or “The Place of Lemons,” has been a leader in citrus farming for over a century. Today their focus on sustainability, solar energy and workforce housing is legendary. Not to mention their delicious lemons. HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT LEMON? On the Pacific coast, begin with an east/west [...]

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by rharper March 31, 2015 Industry News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Garden Fresh Introduces Spring with Lemonicious Menu in April Salad, muffin, pasta and dessert features lemons as the starring ingredient San Diego, Calif – March 31, 2015 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., parent company of Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants, announces it’s going tart and tangy for the month of April, welcoming [...]

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Patrick Warburton is the New Voice of Souplantation and Fresh Produce is VERY Afraid

by rharper March 16, 2015 Industry News

  Update:  Hear the new radio spot:  Produce Gone Loco San Diego, Calif. — March 16, 2015 – Patrick Warburton, soon to be appearing in “Ted 2” and former star of “Seinfeld” and “Rules of Engagement,” is the voice of Souplantation’s new “Discover Fresh” radio campaign — running in Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire [...]

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A Fresh Take on Transparency

by rharper March 13, 2015 Industry News

When Technomic released a study last year that researched transparency in the supply chain, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation CEO John Morberg took the data seriously. The study found that most consumers want restaurants to be more transparent about ingredients, and Morberg knew customers at Garden Fresh’s Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants were no different. “Guests [...]

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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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