Frog Eye Salad

Creamy, fruity and delicious this Frog Eye Salad is a citrusy cold salad that is perfect for potlucks, holidays and everything in between. 

Frog Eye Salad in bowl

Being from the midwest potlucks have always been the thing to throw. Mainly at church functions and they always have an array of different salads all the time. This Frog Eye Salad is one of the ones that grace those tables more than most.

I actually learned of this recipe and tried it about 6 years ago when I worked at a group home and a lady that I worked with always made it and she had given me her frog eye salad recipe and we’ve never gone back.

Now I know it is a little untraditional and there are so many people that haven’t heard of it before, but trust me it isn’t as “gross” as it looks, I promise. 

Frog Eye Salad single serving

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED?

  • Acini de Pepe
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pineapple juce
  • Lemon Juice
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Whipped topping
  • Marshmallows

Now there are so many different ways of making Frog Eye Salad and so many variations of this specific dish alone. This is the way we have always made it but I’ve had it with other ingredients such as with cherries and fruit cocktail as well.

HOW TO MAKE FROG EYE SALAD:

  • Cook acini de Pepe according to package directions and set aside to cool completely.
  • In saucepan whisk together sugar, flour and salt until combined.
  • Add in your pineapple juice and heat over medium heat until thickened.
  • Once thickened stir in lemon juice and cool completely.
  • Add pineapple custard to a large bowl and mix in the cooled pasta.
  • Add in your mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and pineapple chunks and stir to combined.
  • Lastly add in your whipped topping and marshmallows and fold until blended.
  • Cover and refrigerate 8 hour but ideally overnight.

Frog Eye Salad process shots

This frog eye salad is super easy and feeds a crowd, definitely the prefect dish to bring to a pot luck alongside some of my other favorite cold fruity salads that include: Creamy Fruit Salad, Honey Vanilla Fruit Salad and this Mojito Fruit Salad!

SOME HELPFUL TIPS BEFORE YOU MAKE FROG EYE SALAD:

  • Make sure your canned fruit is throughly drained, otherwise it can turn soupy which is fine it will thicken up once cooled, but better to have all that liquid drained.
  • If you cannot find acini de pepe for this recipe you could also use ditalini pasta as well, it is still a small pasta and would work in substitution.
  • Use rainbow marshmallows, this dish is pretty bland in color to begin with so adding those pops of color throughout really makes it festive and fun.
  • Make sure custard is completely cool before adding in your pasta, place it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to speed up this process.

Frog eye salad close up

Frog eye salad may be “untraditional” to some, but it is a fun and delicious fruit salad recipe that has made it’s way into many church cookbooks and homes, so there has to be something behind all this craze for this salad!

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5 from 6 votes
Frog Eye Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Chill
8 hrs
 

Creamy, fruity and delicious this Frog Eye Salad is a citrusy cold salad that is perfect for potlucks, holidays and everything in between. 

Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frog Eye Salad, Frog Eye Salad Recipe, How to make frog eye salad
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 73 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice reserved from a can of pineapple
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup acini de pepe pasta
  • 2 11 oz cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained (juice reserved for above)
  • 1 8 oz container whipped topping
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Cook acini de Pepe according to package directions and set aside to cool completely.
  2. In saucepan whisk together sugar, flour and salt until combined.
  3. Add in your pineapple juice and egg and heat over medium heat until thickened.

  4. Once thickened stir in lemon juice and cool completely.
  5. Add pineapple custard to a large bowl and mix in the cooled pasta.
  6. Add in your mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and pineapple chunks and stir to combined.
  7. Lastly add in your whipped topping and marshmallows and fold until blended.
  8. Cover and refrigerate 8 hour but ideally overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Frog Eye Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 11g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 4.9%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 thoughts on “Frog Eye Salad

  1. Wow, I’ve never seen acini de pepe in Frog Eye Salad — seems like a great way to stretch it. I always stock up on it when I see it on sale at Kroger because it’s so great in soups!

  2. Ingredients call for 1 egg beaten. Instructions do not indicate when to add the egg. Can you please tell me when I add the egg. Sounds delicious!!.

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