Frog Eye Salad

Yes, you read that right.

This week’s recipe swap over at Life as Mom is all about pasta.  Well, when I think pasta I think Cavatini.  What other pasta is there?!?  😉   Since I’ve already shared my Cavatini multiple times I thought I better come up with something different today.

This slightly sweet pasta salad is memorable not only for its odd name!  It’s a favorite at family get togethers.  My guess is that the Frog Eye name comes from the teeny-tiny Acini Di Pepe pasta shape.

Frog Eye Salad

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 pkg. Acini de Pepe pasta (16 oz.) cooked, drained
  • 3 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 (2 oz.) cans pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (9 oz.) whipped topping
  • 1 c. marshmallows

Combine sugar, flour and salt.  Stir in pineapple juice and eggs.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Add lemon juice.  Cool to room temperature.  Combine egg mixture and pasta; mix well and refrigerate overnight in an airtight container.  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Refrigerate in an airtight container until thoroughly chilled.

** This makes a bunch.  Great for a potluck!

So, is Frog Eye Salad a regional thing? How many of you have eaten it?
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  1. I haven’t had it for ages! But my sis and I think the pasta name is funny and always say “I seena da pee-pee.” Infantile, yes. Funny, YES!

  2. Never heard of it before–or the Acini de Pepe pasta. Sounds delish, though!

  3. Must be you wild Kansans! 😉 I’ve never heard of it, but I’m up for trying something new. Trying to imagine what fruit & pasta taste like.

  4. My Grandma used to make this all of the time…

    Love it!!!!

  5. I have never heard of it before. But, it sounds yummy! We will have to try it. Thanks!

  6. This salad sounds yummy. I’ve never had one with fruit and pasta. 😀

  7. Oh my, I have never heard of this! It sounds delicious but I would definitely have to change the name. I am a vegetarian, and even the thought of anything animal makes me gag!You are so funny!

  8. Michigan variation?
    My husbands favorite dish at thanksgiving, there is one difference though. His mom used rice instead of pasta and called it “Glorified Rice” Everything else sounds exactly the same.

  9. I love sweet foods. I tend to use lots of apricot, brown sugar etc when I cook. This recipe looks great. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Mom used to make this back in the 1950’s with either the pasta in the blue box or with rice if she didn’t have the frog-eye pasta. She usually managed to put some marachino cherries in it too which was a great hit with us kids. It makes a lot – I make it the same way for a crowd cuz you sure don’t want to make it for a family of 4 – you’ll be eating frogeyes for weeks! (and then it will be years before you ever want to make it again).

  11. Definitely a Midwest recipe. Fruit salads, casseroles, aw… it all reminds me of home!

  12. I had to see what this recipe was all about and I laughed when I saw it. My mom had this once and fell in love. Now she thinks it is mandatory that we have it at every family gathering or major holiday. We all like it, but not with the passion that she has. She will stress herself silly to make sure it is on the table!

    And we never called it that…but I may introduce that name next time. We just know it as Acini de Pepe salad. Pretty boring compared to yours!


  13. I grew up eating this at family reunions and at church potlucks back home in Nevada, but I haven’t had it in years! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Valerie says:

    I live in Colorado, we love it! It is so hard to find the pasta. Most stores don’t carry it a lot of times. I am having to use the tiny pasta stars this time, just because I can’t find the Acini de pepe anywhere!! Hope it turns out the same!

    • Did you make it with the stars? Did it work?

      • Valerie says:

        I did make it with the stars and no one could tell the difference! They are so tiny you can’t really tell what they are especially when covered with everything that is in the salad! Make sure you have a metal strainer with the very small holes….the starts are tiny!!

  15. I have made it for family gatherings and they love it. I have also made it for my fire dept picnics and it always has gone over big. Everyone thought it was made with Tapioca pudding. Love it!!

  16. This recipe used to be on the acinidepepe box is a great fruit salad but needs to be kept refrigerated or it thins out fast

    • I’ve not seen it on the box, but I guess I’ve never thought to look! Yes, much better refrigerated.

      • The recipe that used to be on the box is the variation useing jello pudding just not the same

      • I love frog eye salad. I think it maybe a regional thing. In Texas no one has heard of it except those who eat at my house for the holidays. Now to go start mine for tomorrow

  17. Thanks for saying that you used the little stars. We all love this salad and usually when I find the acini de pepe I buy two or three or more boxes to have since it is hard to find in Colorado. This time all I have are the little stars so now that I know someone else tried it with them, I will also. Now my family will love me forever. Ha Ha

  18. Roaxanne Rittman says:

    mine is a little different
    I put 1 1/3 cup milk
    3 oz package instant vanilla pudding
    1 cup chopped nuts(optiomal)
    no sugar
    no salt
    everything else is same

  19. Nora Barrett says:

    my daughter in law substitutes 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce for the eggs since there is an egg allergy. It also gives it a smoother taste. I also add chopped walnuts or pecans to add some crunch. This has been a family favorite for many years and something special to add for dessert.

  20. My grandma always made it at the holidays and I’m going to try my hand at it tonight, Christmas Eve. We are all originally from Kansas so maybe it is a KS thing.

  21. Donna in Denver says:

    Making Fro Eye Salad for Easter dinner. Family loves it. I was wondering if anyone has used the amici de pepe for any other dishes? I think it might be something special but have to give it some thought. Surely it’s not just for Frog Eye Salad only, happy Easter everyone!

  22. Stephanie says:

    Made it in Idaho 🙂


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