Frog Eye Salad

Oh, how I remember eating frog eye salad as a kid.  It was a common staple at church potlucks and it is one fruit salad I will always love.

I have carried on the tradition of making this for birthday parties, holiday gatherings and summer picnics.

It is an oldie but a goodie and one to keep in your back pocket.  It makes a large batch so it is perfect for sharing at large gatherings.

Frog Eye Salad

What is frog eye salad??  Well, it is a creamy pudding like pasta salad studded with marshmallows and fruit.  The acini di pepe is a pasta that gives the salad its name.  I think as a kid that’s what intrigued me the most>>> look mom I’m eating frog eyes!!  When my husband first heard me say I was making this salad he was like what the??? frog eye.  After trying it he quickly realized he needed to get into the frog business.  I had to break it to him gently that it wasn’t really frog eyes, but pasta.

Frog Eye Salad

Frog Eye Salad
Course: Salad
Servings: 12 -14
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup acini di pepe pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 15 1/2 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 2 11 oz cans mandarin oranges
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
Instructions
  1. Boil water and acini di pepe until almost all of the water is absorbed. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  2. Drain and reserve the liquid from the pineapple (use the back of a spoon to push out the liquid) and mandarin oranges. Place fruit in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate. In a medium saucepan combine the reserved juice, eggs, sugar and flour. Cook and stir over medium low heat until thickened.
  3. In a large bowl combine the pasta with the juice and egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve combine the fruit with the pasta mixture. Add in the marshmallows and whipped topping. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

**This recipe requires overnight preperation before serving**


 

Frog Eye Salad

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