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.




Apple Walnut Chicken Salad

Red Lobster Copycat Recipe

Makes 2 servings

2 chicken breasts marinated in balsamic vinaigrette
5 cups mixed greens
1 red delicious apple, cored and un-peeled cut into
bite sized pieces and tossed with one teaspoon
lemon juice to prevent browning
5 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, chopped
4 teaspoons crumbled bleu cheese
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
2 bottles of balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

Marinate the chicken in balsamic vinaigrette for one hour in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator. Grill or bake the chicken until done. Cut into strips. Toss salads in two separate bowls, mix in walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, bleu cheese and red bell pepper. Place grilled chicken strips over each salad. Place croutons on each salad. Drizzle salad dressing over each salad at the table.

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