Introduction: Frog Eye Fruit Salad

Frog Eye Fruit Salad fun fruit salad that is also known by the name: Acini de pepe Salad. It is a great cold salad that can be served at pot lucks, BBQ or just to have for a snack!

It is a delicious fruit salad and this recipe makes a pretty big batch. You can half everything if you want but the pasta just comes in 12 oz boxes so you would need to only cook half the pasta and store the other half. The initial mixture needs to cool in the fridge overnight, so plan to start this the day before you need it.

Step 1: Supplies


  • 1 12 ozpackage acini di pepe pasta
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 ¾ cup pineapple juice (you can buy this separate or try to get it from your cans of Pineapples)
  • 2 20 oz can pineapple
  • 2 15 oz can mandarin oranges
  • 1 bag miniature marshmallows
  • 1 8 oz. cool whip


  • Pans for boiling pasta and cooking sauce
  • Bowl to store fruit salad, when you finally mix everything together, make sure you have a big bowl, because it makes a lot
  • Various spoons for mixing and stirring

Step 2: Initial Preparation

We are going to start by cooking the pasta and the sauce that needs to mix with it.

Boil the pasta according to the package.

In a sauce pan, combine sugar, salt, eggs, flour and pineapple juice (if taken from can of pineapples, store pineapple pieces in fridge until needed later). Cook over medium heat until thickened (when it sticks to the back of the spoon it should be thick enough). Stir continuously so it doesn't burn.

Once both are done, drain pasta and mix with sauce. Refrigerate this overnight.

Step 3: Mix-ins

Before you are ready to serve you can mix everything together.

Separate the fruit fro the juice. You will only need the fruit for the salad (except the pineapple juice for the sauce earlier). Mix together the pasta sauce mixture, cool whip, pineapples, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows.

That's it! Serve chilled and it should keep for at least a week in the fridge, but I'm sure you'll eat it all anyway.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

You can dye it different colors if you want :)

I say, go for the rainbow!


SparkySolar made it! (author)2014-11-08

Oh i am so hungry

joonkin made it! (author)2014-08-24

Made this a week ago......ADDICTED!

Robnelson made it! (author)2014-07-10

I always wanted to know how this was made. I had a friend that used to make it, but she moved to Oregon. Can this type of pasta be found in the regular grocery store?

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-07-10

I found it in a Safeway which is pretty regular to me. I don't think you would find it in a Whole Foods or Trader Joes type place, but I would think you could find it in any regular one. There will probably be just the one single type to buy.

mmartin51 made it! (author)2014-06-04

I'd love to make this, but as far as I know we don't have Cool Whip here in the UK. Can you give me some idea of the flavor and texture of Cool Whip so I can work out a replacement. Thank you.

kuyote made it! (author)kuyote2014-06-05

Cool whip is just whipped cream with some extra preservatives. Whip up some whipped cream until it forms stiff peaks, add some powdered sugar, and a little vanilla, and you are good to go.

Cheese Queen made it! (author)Cheese Queen2014-07-01

Cool Whip is a non-dairy sweetened dessert topping. You can substitute real whipped cream (but it will not store well- best eaten same day as made)

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-05

Thanks kuyote! Yep, it is pretty much a sweatened whipped cream.

Bhawya made it! (author)2014-06-06

look so Delicious..

Mama Reni made it! (author)2014-06-06

I love this fruit salad but have never made it because of the name.

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-06

Because you don't like the name: "frog eye salad"? Just call it by its other name: "Acini de pepe Salad" :)

Mama Reni made it! (author)Mama Reni2014-06-06

Oh thanks! I am so happy to know it has another name. It is too good and too too pretty to have a name with frog in it.

KookyKreations made it! (author)2014-06-04

I am definitely going to make this - I love summer salads and I can not resit the name. I shall tell everyone it is Frog Eye Salad! I have never seen acini di pepe pasta but it looks about the same size (but not shape) as orzo. It reminds me of a southern US salad called ambrosia ( but I like the addition of pasta to reduce the intensity of the sweetness.

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-05

Yeah, those pastas look similar. This was my first time trying to find acini di pepe and I thought it would be really hard to find, but i actually just found it in our local Safeway. I think if you find a big enough grocery store you should be able to find it, but if not, I'd love to hear how it turns out with orzo :)

wrist5random made it! (author)2014-06-04

love it

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-05


loangb made it! (author)2014-06-03

Yum! You've got my vote

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-05

Thanks :)

sunshiine made it! (author)2014-06-03

I will probably have to look long and hard for this locally. I am going to look and make this delicious looking salad. Yumm! Thanks for sharing and do have a happy spring!


Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-05

Thanks sunshiine :)

lcole5 made it! (author)2014-06-03

Sorry about the partial message. Are frog eyes the same as tapioca

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-03

Ah! I was really confused by that first comment. Do you mean tapioca like the boba used to make Bubble Tea? If so no. The frog eyes in this salad are from a pasta (acini di pepe) and tapioca is from a root.

lcole5 made it! (author)2014-06-03

Are the frog eyes the same

Crafty Cathy made it! (author)2014-06-03

It's delicious!!

Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-03

So delicious! I think I need to make it again :)

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