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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 a boss with our Lemon Lava Cake or Tangy Lemon Muffins. Pucker up and enjoy the tart, tangy, and sweet flavor of our farm-fresh lemon dishes.

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

Prepared Deli Salads:

  • Joan’s Veggie Slaw: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly (available 4/17 – 4/28)
  • Wonton Happiness: Vegetarian
  • Bleu Cheese & Spiced Pecan Lemon Salad: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly
  • Lemon Broccoli: Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly (available 4/1 – 4/14)
  • Sweet Onion & Yukon Gold Potato: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly (available 4/17 – 4/28)
  • Lemon Linguini with Fresh Basil: Vegan (available 4/1 – 4/28)


  • Deep Kettle House Chili: Gluten-Friendly (regional selections vary)
  • Roasted Ratatouille: Vegan and Gluten-Friendly(available 4/1 – 4/28)
  • Asian Ginger Broth: Vegetarian (available 4/1 – 4/28)

Hot Pastas:

The following hot pastas are delicious Vegetarian options:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Vegetarian Marinara w/ Fresh Basil (available 4/1 – 4/28)


  • Vegetarian and Gluten-Friendly Gluten-Friendly Coconut Muffin *Regional selections vary

Vegetarian options

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


  • Chocolate Lava Cake (available 4/3 – 4/14 after 4pm)Vegetarian
  • Lemon Lava Cake (available 4/17 – 4/29after 4pm)Vegetarian
  • Chocolate, & 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
  • Lemon Greek 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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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 to be held in San Diego from April 6-8.  Each year, Garden Fresh and its current and prospective farmers meet to create new and exciting ways to further their continuing commitment to fresh, wholesome food and industry–leading, farm-to-table produce.  Select members of the Garden Fresh senior management team and over 20 farmers will attend.

“Our company is a pioneer in the farm-to-table process. We have been doing it for decades.  So, I really enjoy getting together with our family farmers, both in their fields and at our summits, to strengthen our mutual commitments to providing the freshest possible produce for our guests,” said Garden Fresh CEO John Morberg. “Our meetings focus on finding new, industry-leading ways to improve our supply chain, and this year one of our focuses will be on even stronger sustainability opportunities.”

Garden Fresh employs their own strict standards that its farmers agree to in order to work with the restaurant company. Critical measures include food safety, sustainability and sourcing quality. The Farmer Summit will include Garden Fresh’s current agriculture suppliers, as well as prospective suppliers. The Summit includes group discussions, one on one meetings with the company’s leadership team and local Souplantation tours.

“It’s very unusual for farmers to actually meet face to face with restaurant company management.  So, we really enjoy getting together with the Garden Fresh team who have been leading the industry in fresh produce for years,” said Gary Crouch of Mountain Meadows, a local San Diego farmer who grows millions of mushrooms for Garden Fresh. “I enjoy being an integral part of the Garden Fresh team, and am excited to join them for the Farmer Summit.”

The Farmer Summit complements the recent launch of Garden Fresh’s ‘Discover Fresh’ campaign, a brand revitalization movement. The summit comes on the heels of an announcement to include Farm Teams in restaurants throughout the San Diego market. The Farm Teams are brand ambassadors who interact with guests, speaking about Garden Fresh’s relationships with its farmers, where their food is coming from, as well as promoting Club Veg.

Media Contact:

Stephanie Kolp

Uproar PR for Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.

321-236-0102 x226


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


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.


On the Pacific coast, begin with an east/west valley. Add a generous helping of 300 days of sun. Sprinkle in a loamy, rich soil. Then add a pinch or two of pure rainwater. Wait, that’s Limoneira Ranch.


They do everything by hand. To determine ripeness, experienced Harvest Managers cut open lemons and taste them in the fields. Only then are they ready to be harvested by hand. Inside the historic packing house, the lemons are hand-selected for color and ripeness by expert fruit graders. When you’re Limoneira, it’s the only way to do it.


Guests enjoy 1.5 million lemons a year in our restaurants. Delivered 2-3 times a week. Chopped in our kitchen and squeezed fresh onto our salads and pastas in the restaurant. We don’t like lemons, we LOVE them.

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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 spring with invigorating menu items.

“Inspiration for these special recipes come from our vibrant lemon crop, which will have our guests showing the ‘pucker faces’ all month long,” said Julie Derry, Chief Marketing Officer for Garden Fresh. “It’s the perfect time of year, as the weather gets warmer, to treat our guests to this refreshing menu, featuring light and zesty flavors.”

Beginning April 1, guests will see the Bleu Cheese & Spiced Pecan Lemon Salad, a delicious way to wake-up the taste buds. As guests move their way around the restaurant, they will also find the Tangy Lemon Muffin and the Creamy Lemon and Asparagus Hot Pasta. Top it off with a decadent dessert, the Lemon Lava Cake, served in all restaurants for dinner April 17-29. All of the dishes are made-from-scratch with no added preservatives.

It’s not just the flavors that will leave guests feeling energized. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, lemons are an excellent source of potassium and Vitamin C, making them natural antioxidants. Garden Fresh’s lemons come straight from the farm, as the restaurant company works directly with the LimonieraCompany, which has ranches throughout California and Arizona.

“At Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation we pride ourselves in having relationships with the farmers who help us feed our guests every day,” said John Morberg, CEO of Garden Fresh. “The Limoniera Company supplies us with such a beautiful crop, and our chefs are getting creative with the lemons to produce delicious and cravable recipes for our guests.”

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

by rharper March 16, 2015 Industry News

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 and San Diego. In the kickoff spot entitled “Once Upon [...]

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

by admin March 10, 2015 Health & Nutrition

March brings the gift of Spring and brighter days!  Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is serving a hearty helping of nostalgia with family favorites like Classic Creamy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Focaccia Dippers.  Enjoy delicious greens and celebrate St. Patrick’s day with Provencal Green Bean & Potato salad or Mandarin Spinach w/ Caramelized Walnuts salad.  Drop in after [...]

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6 Ingredients One Masterpiece

by admin March 6, 2015 Health & Nutrition

WATER, SALT, SUGAR, OIL, FLOUR, YEAST. That’s our focaccia dough. Simply amazing. QUATRO FORMAGGIO FOCACCIA! YUM. Our pizza sauce is made from scratch with onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, basil, carrots, and tomatoes. Topped with the finest Mozzarella and Parmesan, with fresh Asiago and Romano right off the block. CHEESY GARLIC FOCACCIA! YUM. YUM. California garlic [...]

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In The Mood For Comfort Food

by GFBlog February 26, 2015 Around the Table

Remember when life’s little worries could be solved by a warm bowl of Grandma’s chicken soup or a piece of Mom’s fresh baked bread?  As an adult maybe a warm cup of tea or piece of dark chocolate kept the blues at bay.  Many cultures have go-to comfort foods, wholesome family favorites that are shared [...]

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Garden Fresh Brand Revitalization Results in Sales Success

by rharper February 23, 2015 Company News

Garden Fresh Brand Revitalization Results in Sales Success   Introduces in-store brand ambassadors, Farm Teams   San Diego, Calif. — February 23, 2015 – Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., parent company for Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants, announces its best month of sales in more than six years. For the month of January, same store sales [...]

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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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