Frog Eye Fruit Salad




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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.

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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!

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    27 Discussions


    2 years ago

    this looks tasty, i'll try to remember that when i get a chance to bbq again

    dan adams

    2 years ago

    *Engages salivary glands*


    5 years ago

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


    5 years ago on Step 4

    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?

    1 reply
    Penolopy BulnickRobnelson

    Reply 5 years ago on Step 4

    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.


    5 years ago

    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.

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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 Queenkuyote

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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)

    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.

    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.

    1 reply

    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 :)