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Frog Eye Salad Recipe

Updated on September 24, 2012

Strange name, delicious taste!

I take this sweet salad to almost every potluck or party I attend.  When people ask me what it is and I tell them, I almost always get a double-look like they think I am crazy. Then, they peer suspiciously at the bowl. But, once they try it, they are smitten!

If you make this salad and take it to a party, be prepared to be asked for the recipe. I try to remember to have a few cards with the recipe on it in my purse ready to go.

The Recipe...

Ingredients and Preparation Instructions


1 1/3 cup Acini de Pepe pasta*

20 oz can pineapple chunks packed in juice (drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the juice)

1 3/4 cups milk

3 oz package instant vanilla pudding

8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained

2 12 oz cans mandarin oranges, drained

3 cups mini-marshmallows

1 regular container frozen whipped topping (allow to thaw)

Cook pasta in large pan of boiling water for 11 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water. The pasta is small, so use a strainer with small holes so that they don't rinse away down the drain. I use my wire sieve instead of my colander because I learned the hard way that the holes on the colander are too big; this was something I did not enjoy learning at 11 o'clock the night before a party. Set rinsed pasta aside.

In a large bowl, beat pineapple juice, milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Gently stir in the cooked pasta, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and whipped topping until it is evenly mixed. Chill for at least four hours before serving, overnight is better.

To save calories and/or fat, sugar free and low-fat versions of the pudding, milk and whipped topping all work well.

Another variation is to add a small jar of maraschino cherries. The kids always like those!

* I have been having trouble finding this pasta in my local grocery store so I have started ordering it in bulk from Amazon.

Get Your Frog Eye Supplies Here!

Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue
Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue

Spatulas like these make mixing easier than using a spoon, especially when folding in the whipped topping at the end.

De Cecco Acini Di Pepe, 16oz
De Cecco Acini Di Pepe, 16oz

This is the correct pasta to use in this recipe. I have trouble finding this in my local store, so I like to stock up so I always have it on hand.

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

If you mix your salad in a bowl with a lid, it will be easier to store and transport. You don't want your salad tipping over in the car. It is not fun to clean up. Not that *I* would know about that. *cough, cough*

OXO Good Grips 6-Inch Fine Mesh Strainer
OXO Good Grips 6-Inch Fine Mesh Strainer

This is the type of strainer you need to use when you drain and rinse the cooked pasta.


Please remember that no frogs were harmed in the making of this salad!

Have you ever had Frog Eye Salad?

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    • BradfordBrain profile image


      5 years ago

      I always wondered what those little round eye pieces were! Now I know and I am going to make this-Great, fun lens :)

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      5 years ago

      I've never had the pleasure of sampling Frog Eye Salad, but will hurry up and do so now that you've soothed my misgivings about the harming of frogs!

    • PinkCattleya profile image


      6 years ago from Doha Qatar

      hahaha... I am wondering how many frogs eye are needed to make this salad.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, but it sounds good and I love the name!

    • kimark421 profile image


      6 years ago

      This sounds absolutely yummy! I will have to try it. (love the name)

    • nephthys lm profile image

      nephthys lm 

      6 years ago

      Glad that there are no frog eyes in it!

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      6 years ago

      Something I will need to try!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting to taste it.

    • Monika Weise profile image

      Monika Weise 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Never had frog eye salad, but will try it now!

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      6 years ago

      Delicious !

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      7 years ago

      Nope, but it always looks delicious.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't never heard of this before! Sounds interesting, I may have to try this recipe out! Thank you.

    • BGLJane profile image


      7 years ago

      I have never had Frog eye salad but had to read the recipe just because!

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      7 years ago

      acini di pepe means pepper berries(Not "eye of the frog")

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Insane but looks good!

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      7 years ago

      Crazy name for a salad but the ingredients look great together.

    • InnaTsv profile image


      7 years ago

      it does sound delicious :)

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      7 years ago

      Hmmm, don't think so ... I came a-looking for tapioca!

    • sallemange profile image


      7 years ago

      This lens caught my eye! I'd never heard of it before so I'll give it a try

    • rubyandmahoney profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, I had no idea the meaning was wrong. But, you have to admit that Frog Eye salad sounds better than Pepper Berry salad. :-) Thanks for the update.

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      7 years ago

      acini di pepe does not mean "eyes of frog" . It literally means pepper berries.Other than that, it's a great salad.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Your title drew me in...I had to discover exactly what frog eye salad is.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      The Frogs in the Pond were a bit worried when they read the title of your lens but were delighted to read that no frogs were harmed in the making of Frog Eye Salad. They can hardly wait to try the recipe. :)

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      7 years ago

      Well done lens. Sometimes you have to be careful though... for example if you are in China and you order "fish head soup" at a restaurant your going to get soup with real fish heads in it - eyes and all:)

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      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      I made Frog Eye salad a while back when a friend gave me the recipe. Fun!

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      7 years ago

      I'd never heard of this and the title meant i just had to visit. Can't wait to give it a try!

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      I didn't know what to expect. Looks good!

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      7 years ago

      I made this for a BBQ and everyone loved it. I added 1/2 cup of shredded cococut and used the colored mini marshmallows. The colored marshmallows made the salad really colorful instead of being mainly white. The fruit flavors went well with this salad and the coconut gave it a sort of tropical flavor. Very good!

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      8 years ago

      How very interesting! I really thought there were going to be frog eyes involved in the recipe, and maybe some fried frog legs on the side haha. Love the name! Thanks for the recipe. I am definitely keeping this one.

    • rubyandmahoney profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Yes. Except that I don't use the cherries. The texture doesn't match the rest of the salad even though they are pretty. :-)

    • The-Java-Gal profile image


      8 years ago

      I will definitely have to try this recipe when the grandkids visit. I bet they will love it. And such a great name for a party recipe! 5*

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      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      I have never had this salad. I must make it for my grandkids, though! They will no doubt love the name and the salad!I found a picture of a Frogs Eye Salad here. Is this like one you make?

    • rubyandmahoney profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @evelynsaenz1: I was not able to find a close up photo of the pasta, unfortunately. It is small and round, about the size of a seed bead before cooking. After it is cooked, it is slightly larger than a b.b. Some people have suggested using tapioca as a substitute, but the texture is completely different from tapioca.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      Love the name of this salad. Do you have any pictures of the shape of the pasta? I can't imagine what shape frog eyed pasta would look like. Lensrolled to my frog lenses.


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