Frog Eye Salad (Acini de Pepe Salad) is a fluffy, sweet dessert pasta made with pineapple, cool whip, mandarin oranges and marshmallows.
We love using real homemade ingredients in our desserts, and especially the toppings like this Easy Whipped Cream, Homemade Cool Whip, and Chocolate Ganache!
FROG EYE SALAD (ACINI DE PEPE SALAD)
Frog Eye Salad (Acini de Pepe Salad) is the perfect fruity salad to bring to a potluck, made from Acini de Pepe pasta which is similar in texture to tapioca once it’s in this salad. This is also a lot like a fruit salad or ambrosia salad, but with pasta and a creamy custard topping mixed in. I like to throw this together for get-togethers or holidays because it’s always a hit!
HOW TO STORE FROG EYE SALAD
Frog Eye Salad should be covered in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Stir before serving.
If it separates or water forms on the top mix it well together again.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU GARNISH FROG EYE SALAD WITH?
- Mini chocolate chips
- Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
- Maraschino cherries
- Coconut flakes
CAN I FREEZE FROG EYE SALAD?
Freeze frog eye salad for 2-3 months, but keep in mind that this is dairy-based so the texture might be less creamy and you might find that it’s separating slightly. It is best to serve this salad fresh.
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TIPS FOR MAKING FROG EYE SALAD
- Add other fruits to your frog eye salad, like banana, coconut, or strawberries.
- Any tiny pasta will work well in this fruit salad, if you can’t find the acini including tiny alphabet pasta or even couscous.
- In a large bowl, mix custard together with spices to add flavor, like cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Frog Eye salad may develop some water on the top when in the refrigerator, just mix the salad back together before serving.
- You can use fresh or crushed pineapple for this recipe. If you’re using fresh, pulse it in the food processor a few times to get the texture of the store-bought version. Personally, I prefer the pineapple packed in water or pineapple juice, as the syrup ends up with too much sweetness.
- This recipe is best served chilled, so I recommend not skipping the refrigeration step in the recipe.
- Make this recipe using my homemade cool whip, or if you’re going to serve it right away my easy whipped cream! If you’re really motivated, you can try using my homemade marshmallows.
- Thicken your frog eye salad with a small amount of cream cheese, or extra cool whip, although the pasta should do a good job of thickening this salad.
- If you don’t have mandarin oranges, you can substitute with cut up pieces of regular orange. But try to get mandarin oranges if you can find them, as they add a unique flavor to the dish.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 pound acini di pepe pasta
- 2 cups canned mandarin oranges drained well
- 20 ounces crushed pineapple drained well
- 8 ounces cool whip
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- In a large pot whisk together the sugar, flour, salt, pineapple juice and eggs on medium heat until thickened then turn off the heat and whisk in the lemon juice.
- Cook the acini de pepe pasta one minute shy of the directions then drain and rinse well before adding to the pineapple egg mixture and mixing it together.
- Refrigerate the pasta mixture until fully chilled and just before serving mix with the oranges, pineapple, cool whip and marshmallows.
Does recipe require one pound of pasta? Other recipes I have seen say one cup.
My pineapple can is 20 ounces.
Hi Louise, it is 1 pound but this is a large recipe, serves 10, maybe even more.
I apologize in advance if I missed this somewhere, but can this be made a day in advance? Thanks so much!
It won’t be as creamy but yes you absolutely could.
Does this recipe need one pound of the pasta? Others I have looked at call for one cup. My pineapple can is 20 ounces.
It’s better the next day! Marshmallows are perfect then!
Have you ever put green food coloring in this to make it more festive for kids on Halloween? How much would you use? When would you add it?
I haven’t ever tried this. I would add the food coloring once the sauce is cooked and just add in little by little, whisking until it give you the color you desire. I’d love to know how it turns out.
what can I use instead for pineapple. Love it but it dont love me. Mom made is for years till a bee sting kit and a trip to the ER, My grandson’s baptism is this weekend and my Daughter asked me to make this, Grandson thinks I’m going to find frog eyes. LMDO Love that boy
Oh no!! There are other fruit type salads on the site without pineapple or that would be easier to substitute the pineapple with but I’ve never tried to substitute the pineapple in this with anything else.
I have sliced grapes to use in the frog eye salad as a substitute for the pineapple. I added them at the very last . I used the red or dark purple and it really gave the salad color.
this is totally something that my girls would love!
Looks so delish! Those combinations of flavors are amazing that makes this simply irresistible, just perfect for the holidays!
I’ve made this for 30 years. It is a hit every single time I make it..
What a great idea of potluck salad! I am sure it will be a HIT!
Wow! This is a long-lost favorite salad!! I showed this to my husband, and he said this was one of his favorite party salads, but neither one of us has seen this in so many years! Thank you for posting this!
You’re welcome, Chrissie! So glad you found the recipe.
This was so easy to make and everyone loved it! We will be making it again for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year!
I love this salad, I didn’t know it was called frog eye salad but I love it!!!
Little pastas acini di pepe, like little frogs eyes.
This is a must have at our summer BBQs. It’s so good and everyone loves it!
So glad everyone loves it!
Yummy!! I have never heard of this before and can’t wait to try it. I LOVE your site and have made many of your recipes. I always search your recipes first when looking for something new to try. Thanks so much. (Love the Cheddar popcorn!)
That’s so sweet of you to say, Jen! Thanks!
I haven’t made it in a few years, because I haven’t been able to find any Acini de pepe..
Does anyone know where I can find it?
I know they have it on Amazon.
So many retro white trash recipes. Thx for sharing!
Just WOW. I’m 64 and we’ve eaten this most holidays. Certainly not white trash. You have a happy holiday
It’s one of my aunt’s favorite holiday dishes too. Happy Thanksgiving Sheri. <3
That was so mean spirited. Go away