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.




Oriental Scallop Salad

Oriental Scallop Salad Recipe
Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 6

1 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/4 teaspoon ginger
3 cups cooked, cooled white rice or clear noodles
1 cup raw mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup water chestnuts, thinly sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
1 pound blanched sea scallops, thickly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

If scallops are thicker than 3/4 inch, slice in half. Blanch scallops in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes or until firm, and cool immediately. Prepare a dressing with the oil, vinegar, Tabasco, mustard, and ginger.
Set aside the parsley and chives.

Combine the remaining ingredients carefully so that the scallops do not become shredded, then mix with the dressing.Garnish with parsley and chives. Serve chilled on a bed of lettuce with salad fixings of your choice.

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