A truly good salad is a thing of beauty—the perfect accompaniment to just about any meal, no matter the season or occasion. But without tumbling down the rabbit hole of exotic ingredients, what does it take? To get a chef’s-eye view of everyone’s favorite healthy sidekick, we spoke with Jesse Barber of Dudley Market, an inviting, casual eatery just steps from the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The newly opened restaurant specializes in elevated classics and seasonal California dishes, such as Barber’s delectable Caesar salad—an oft-overlooked standard—which is given intrigue with the addition of sweet figs and next-level croutons. Read on for the chef’s secrets for perfecting your salad game.