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No Frogs Were Harmed in the Making of this Salad

By caseymullins |

As I was asking my mom about frog eye salad last week she got a twinkle in her eye and said “I’m gong to start making it tomorrow for Easter!” I’ll admit, I never liked frog eye salad as a kid, despite being intrigued by its name. I didn’t like marshmallows (sounds like someone I gave birth to) so I always let the salad pass right by me at family gatherings. I finally gave it a chance in my 20′s and while it’s a crazy combination of ingredients, there’s a certain familiarity and comfort to it and this past Easter it was the perfect ending to our turkey dinner.

Curious about frog eye salad or looking for a recipe to try it yourself? I have my mom’s version that’s older than me and quite delicious (I’m also feeling highly rebellious and considering making a few modifications of my own.)



Cook the Acini until al dente, drain and place in a large bowl.

While the Acini cooks, combine the following in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir until thickened.

1 cup sugar

1/2 t. salt

1 3/4 cup pineapple juice

2 T flour

2 beaten eggs

Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and place in the fridge overnight.

In the morning add the following to the pasta and sauce, stir together well:

1 – 20 oz can of crushed pineapple (drained, juice used for sauce)

1 – 20 oz can of pineapple pieces (drained, juice used for sauce)

2 cups mandarin oranges

10 oz package mini marshmallows

1 – 9 oz tub of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

(optional, coconut and/or cherries (or anything else really))

Once everything is combined, chill for a few hours and serve.

Resist the urge to eat it all.

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Frog Eye Salad Recipe

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Technically it's Acini de Pepe, but we've called it Anceni forever and ever. Acini is Italian for "peppercorn" but it's Mullins for "Frog Eye."

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “No Frogs Were Harmed in the Making of this Salad

  1. J says:

    A salad with cool whip?! I’m in.

  2. Caitlin says:

    I love old recipes :) They are tastier!

  3. Amanda says:

    This reminds me of the Jewish dish kugel, but with tastier ingredients.

  4. emily says:

    I love it when salad and cool whip collide. It’s truly a happy place. And my girls will love that it’s called “frog eye salad”!

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