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Frog Eye Salad

Strange name, but absolutely delicious.  Frog Eye Salad is a combination of pasta salad, fruit salad, and a yummy dessert.
 "Frog Eye Salad" A cross between a pasta salad, fruit salad, and yummy dessert

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!

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Frog Eye Salad

Frog Eye Salad

Strange name, delicious salad! It's like a combination of pasta salad, fruit salad, and sweet deliciousness!

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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 or whipped cream
  • 3 cans Pineapple, (20 oz. each)
  • 2 cans Mandarin Oranges, (15 oz. each)
  • 1 C Coconut
  • 2 C Marshmallows


  1. 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).
  2. Cook noodles with salt according to package directions (mine were 11 minutes). In a colander, rinse with cold water and drain well.
  3. 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.
  4. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

16 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information provided here is not guaranteed to be accurate and is provided for informational (and google) purposes only.

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Sunday 30th of May 2021

I get INSANE cravings for this salad, & this recipe is always my go-to. 👌🏼

Laura Potts

Thursday 21st of February 2019

My grandma made this every Thanksgiving for years when I was a child. Some people in the family loved it, some didn't. I'm one of the ones that did. The first Thanksgiving after my grandma passed away, I decided we couldn't have Thanksgiving without it, so I got the recipe from my mother, and I have made it every year since.

Laurie Jo Joy

Friday 25th of January 2019

I have made this with my mother’s recipe, but we always made it with Minute Tapioca, not acini de pepe. I’ll have to try it this way.

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[…] Memorial Day is just around the corner. For us here in the West, it tends to be the unspoken beginning of BBQ season. Also here in the West, we call grilling out BBQ.  It’s time to start looking for sides to take to those BBQ’s. My go to is usually Grandma’s Potato Salad. I also like to take nutty broccoli salad and carrot craisin muffins. Some other ideas are 3 bean salad, pistachio salad, pepperoni pasta salad, and frog eye salad. […]

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