Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Hearts And Berries Valentine Salad

Red Lobster's Hearts And Berries Valentine Salad
Copycat Recipe

Serves 2 - 4

1 tablespoon finely-minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon fresh-minced ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon burgundy
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup sundried cranberries
freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

1 heart romaine
1 heart Bibb lettuce
1/2 head radicchio
3 artichoke hearts -- quartered
8 thin slices heart of palm 1/4" - (to 10 slices)
1/4 cup raspberries
4 strawberries -- sliced lengthwise heart shaped
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Dressing preparation: Mix shallots, ginger, salt, sugar, burgundy, vinegar and cranberries. Let stand in refrigerator for at least one hour. Whisk together and add oil gradually.

Salad preparation:  Break up romaine and Bibb lettuce then place in a bowl. Cut radicchio into bite-size pieces and toss with lettuce. Separate onto chilled plates. In a separate bowl toss together remaining ingredients and cover with dressing. Spoon out desired amount and place on the tossed salad mixture. Serve immediately after placing dressing mixture on lettuce mix.

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