No Frogs Were Harmed in the Making of this Salad

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.

  • Ready to get started? 1 of 6
    Ready to get started?
    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."
  • Saucy 2 of 6
    The night before you plan to eat your Acini, make the sauce until it's thickened and bubbly, pour it over your cooked acini pasta.
  • Good night! 3 of 6
    Good night!
    When you put it into the fridge for the night it will look like this, overnight the pasta will soak up the sauce.
  • Good morning! 4 of 6
    Good morning!
    After the pasta has soaked up all the sauce. Now it's time to add all the treats.
  • Final touch. 5 of 6
    Final touch.
    After adding the pineapple bits, mandarin oranges and marshmallows, add the COOL WHIP. Let it sit in the fridge again for a few hours so the marshmallows have the chance to soak up the remaining juice and COOL WHIP.
  • Ready to eat! 6 of 6
    Ready to eat!
    A traditional staple of our family dinner table. It's like fluffy comfort food.

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