Frog Eye Salad

Frog Eye Salad is best described as a creamy, fruity, fruit salad made with pasta. I thought my grand-kids would like this salad when I told them the name..but it turned out we all loved this salad. I had never of Frog Eye Salad. I’m really not sure why? Maybe because it’s not a Midwest “salad” I did some research and found out it may have originated in Utah. It’s still very popular there. If anyone knows anything about Frog Eye Salad please leave us a comment below. We’d love to learn more about this scrumptious salad.


Ambrosia Salad

Frog Eye Salad is very similar to Ambrosia Salad. Ambrosia salad is a very popular southern-style salad, that is made with mini marshmallows, pineapple, mandarin oranges and coconut, then combined in a pudding/whipped cream mixture. Frog eye salad is made with cooked pasta, crushed pineapple, pineapple tidbits, mini marshmallows, mandarin oranges and a cooked filling. Mix it all together with whipped cream or a non-dairy whipped topping and you have delicious!

Frog Eye Salad?!?

Frog Eye Salad is named after the pasta used in the salad. The small little pasta called; Acini di Pepe. This pasta is said to look like little eyes, hence the name. I have also seen recipes for this salad using ring macaroni, instead of the Acini di Pepe pasta. I think the next time I make this salad I’m going to use both….more eye-like, I think:) This recipe makes a lot of lip-smacking, yummy salad. If your invited to a party tomorrow to celebrate Memorial Day or over the summer if your asked to bring a dish to pass, Frog Eye Salad is definitely a dish everyone will love.



Frog Eye Salad

A delicious fruit salad, perfect for warm summer days.
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  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple *see note
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 16 oz package acini di pepe pasta
  • 3 11 oz cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 20 oz cans pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 8 oz tub non-dairy whipped topping
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  • Note: Use drained pineapple juice and mandarin orange juice plus enough water to equal 1 3/4 cups.
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pineapple juice and eggs.
  • Stir and cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and cool to room temperature.
  • Bring water to a boil. add oil, remaining salt and cook pasta until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, egg mixture, mandarin oranges, pineapple and whipped topping.
  • Mix well and refrigerate overnight or until well chilled. Before serving, add marshmallows and coconut. Toss and serve.
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