Mom’s Frog Eye Salad

Mom's Frog Eye Salad, also known as Acini Di Pepe Salad, is my all time favorite food. It is so sweet and full of fruity flavor. This salad is always the first to be gone at potlucks and family dinners. Once you try it, you will see why.

Our mom made this Frog Eye Salad growing up and it was always a hit at parties and potlucks.

It has the perfect amount of sweet and fruity flavor to it. It’s incredibly easy to make, and is the perfect side dish for any occasion.

If you are looking for a quick, simple, and delicious salad recipe, this is one you most definitely have to try.

how to make frog eye salad:

Making Frog Eye salad takes a few simple ingredients found in your fridge and pantry.

  1. Cook the Acini De Pepe pasta according to package directions. When done, rinse under cold water in strainer. Let cool. You may want to use a fork to stir the noodles a bit, or else they will get a little clumped together. To prevent this, a lot of the directions explain to add a little bit of salt to the noodles when boiling.
  2. In a saucepan over medium high heat stir together pineapple juice, sugar, flour, salt and egg. Cook and stir constantly until mixture thickens and is smooth.
    This process may take about 5-7 minutes before you really see it thicken. You don’t want it to come to a roaring boil, but just until the mixture has obviously thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Let cool, and set aside. You will want to remove it from the stove, because even if it is off, the heat is still getting to it, taking it longer to cool down.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine the pasta and thickened mixture. You will want to be sure both the mixture and noodles have completely cooled, or they will melt your cool whip, and make your salad runny.
  5. Gently fold in the mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, pineapple tidbits, marshmallows and coconut. You will then fold in cool whip. Continue to fold until fully combined.
  6. Refrigerate until serving. This recipe makes quite a bit, but can easily be doubled. You may want a second bowl, or use an extremely large bowl, if you plan to double.

helpful items used in this recipe

  1. 3 Quart Saucepan – We love this pan for boiling pasta.
  2. Mixing Bowl Set – This mixing bowl set is so pretty you can serve your salad in it too.
  3. Spatula – A great spatula set for stirring and folding in ingredients.
  4. Electric Can Opener – This electric can opener will help make your life so much easier! 🙂

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Serves: 12

Mom's Frog Eye Salad

Growing up this Frog Eye salad was a must at every family get together! It's perfect for summer BBQ's and potlucks where you have to feed a big crowd. It's a family favorite that has been in our family for years, and is sure to please!

25 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Acini De Pepe pasta
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (reserved from pineapple tidbits)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 22 ounces mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits (drained and reserve juice)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 (8 ounce) Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Cook the Acini De Pepe pasta according to package directions. When done, rinse under cold water in strainer. Let cool.
  2. In a saucepan over medium high heat stir together pineapple juice, sugar, flour, salt and egg. Cook and stir constantly until mixture thickens and is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the pasta and thickened mixture.
  4. Then gently fold in the mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, pineapple tidbits, marshmallows and coconut. Fold in Cool Whip.
  5. Refrigerate until serving.
  6. This recipe can easily be doubled.
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20 Responses to “Mom’s Frog Eye Salad”

  1. Teri Hall
    My family has loved Frog Eye salad since we first tasted it at a family reunion in the 1980's. I adapted it for my families liking taking out the coconut :( that the kids did not like and using fruit cocktail instead of the oranges. Now that they are older, I use the oranges but they still do not like the coconut. I have used this salad for large groups, feeding band 150 band kids, pot lucks, etc. I make my pasta, pineapple mix the day before. If you double that you can freeze that mixture and use later. I personally don't care for the frozen, thawed texture of the pasta mix.
  2. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
    First I want to say, I LOVE your Mom. What a beautiful lady inside and out! This Frog Eye Salad looks scrumptious. It was a favorite at our family get together's too! My daughter asked me to make it just the other day, I pinned to use your recipe. Hugs, Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
  3. Stephanie
    I had no idea anybody else knew what Frog Eye Salad was but my family! It has been made for special events for as long as I can remember. First my grandma making it, them my mom, now us. It was always funny to watch someone's face when you told them what it was called. :)
  4. Robbin Clark
    Unless you are familiar with Frog Eye Salad you probably don't know what Acini De Pepe is. It is a tiny little pasta that reminds me of tapioca. It is found in the pasta section, usually on the top shelf! If you find it, buy 2 because they don't always have it when you look for it. My family loves Frog Eye Salad, but sometimes it grosses the little kids out when you call it that, so sometimes we call it Acini De Pepe salad. They have no clue what that is, but at least it isn't frog anatomy! I usually make a double batch, enough for an army. Somebody always wants to take some home, and it gets better by the hour. We do leave the coconut out and nobody misses it.
  5. Barbara Linn
    I love your version of this wonderful salad. I make it often. I live by myself and it lasts quite awhile. I have made it at my sister's home and for Thanksgiving. I first had it at my mother in law's home and always loved it. It just never occurred to me to make it myself. I am so happy I found your recipe!

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