Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.

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Chicken, Gorgonzola and Sun-dried Tomato Salad


Romaine lettuce with Gorgonzola, red onions, Roma tomatoes and garlic croutons with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette.

Carino's Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Copycat Recipe

Makes 2/3 Cups

2 sun dried tomato halves
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, minced

In a saucepan simmer the sun-dried tomatoes in 2 inches of water for 3 minutes, or until they are tender, drain them, and mince them.  In a bowl whisk together the tomatoes, the vinegars, and the garlic paste. Add the olive oil in a stream, whisking, and whisk the vinaigrette until it is emulsified. Stir in the basil.

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