Although Kirksville is not known for their restaurants (yes, that's an understatement), a relatively short 45-minute drive to the tiny town of Bevier will take you to the Pear Tree which serves wonderful steaks, seafood, onion rings, and some pretty amazing salad. For those of you who haven’t made it to the Pear Tree yet, you’re in luck because you can experience a little bit of the Pear Tree at home since several grocery stores carry Pear Tree croutons and salad dressings. So I thought I’d share with you everything you need to make an authentic Pear Tree salad yourself (although you should still plan to go to the restaurant for the real thing).
1 - Salad mix (I like to get a Spring Mix).
2 - Goat cheese crumbles.
Note: Pictured above are goat milk feta crumbles because they didn’t have plain goat cheese crumbles at the store that day…but I’d prefer the goat cheese over these...
3 – Your favorite Pear Tree dressing.
In St. Louis, I’ve seen the Pear Tree dressings and croutons at Dierberg’s, although I think they may be sold in other stores as well (have not seen them in Schnuck’s though). Also, they sell these items at Hy-Vee. At the restaurant, they serve Bleu Cheese, French, and House Vinaigrette (my absolute favorite!)…and I have also seen Ranch sold at Dierberg’s.
4 – Pear Tree croutons (make sure to warm them in the oven for a couple of minutes just before serving so they’re still nice and warm).