For as long as I can remember, my mom has made frog eye salad for different social events, barbeques, and picnics. I finally decided to try it myself, since I’ve never made it, and of course I needed to make something to share for the 4th of July picnic we attended yesterday.
The first time my husband came to a get-together that my mom made frog eye salad, I remember him looking at it with trepidation. “What is it?” he asked. And when I told him it was called frog eye salad, he was completely grossed out. It makes me laugh remembering his face. I insisted that he give it a try, and swore that no frogs were involved in the actual salad. Once he tried it, he went back for seconds!
So here’s the recipe my mom gave me for frog eye salad, that has gotten decades of compliments!
- 1 3/4 C. Pineapple Juice (use the drained juice from the cans of pineapple)
- 1 C. Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 3 Tbsp. Flour
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 16 oz. Acini de Pepe noodles
- 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 8 oz Cool Whip (my mom actually makes whipped cream with heavy whipping cream, so if you have the time, it will taste much yummier if you do that!)
- 3 20 oz. cans Pineapple (you can use tidbits or crushed or a combination)
- 2 15 oz. cans Mandarin Oranges
- 1 C. Coconut
- 2 C. Marshmallows
- In a saucepan, whisk together pineapple juice, sugar, eggs, flour, and salt. Stir while cooking over medium heat until mixture thickens. Add lemon juice, and set aside to cool (you can cool it in the fridge, or if you're in a hurry put it in the sink in an ice bath).
- Cook noodles with salt according to package directions (mine were 11 minutes). In a colander, rinse with cold water and drain well.
- Transfer noodles to a large bowl and pour the cooled sauce over the noodles. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well (if you want the mandarin oranges to stay intact better, gently stir them in after you've mixed everything else). Refrigerate. You can make this a day ahead of time to save time, or make it the day of.
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