This is a great side to any meal, or can be a great lunch all by itself. A lot of times I will just go through the fridge and cupboards and see what I can throw together. Every once in a while I come up with something worth writing down, this is one of those.
1 handful of walnuts
Red wine vinegar
Sea salt and pepper
1 sliced golden delicious apple (or whatever you want, I just prefer the softer texture)
1 clove of garlic(minced)
1/2 of a cucumber (chopped)
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes (chopped)
1 small handful of dried cranberries
2 handfuls of spinach
1 small handful of Italian parsley (chopped)
5 leaves of basil (sliced in thin strips)
Put the oil in a pan and heat on medium. Throw a little sea salt and the garlic into the pan and let it cook for a minute or two. Add the walnuts and let them fry until they get a little browned on each side. Even if they get a little bit black on tips, it will still taste great. Throw in the apples with a splash of red wine vinegar. Let it all cook together for about 5 minutes. When you feel like it is done, throw it all in a salad bowl with the rest of the ingredients and toss with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
You can add anything else you have around, like strawberries, pomegranates, dried fruit, nuts, herbs, whatever you like, this was just the combination I came up with, but the red wine vinegar is essential.