Mom’s Frog Eye Salad

Our mom made this Frog Eye Salad growing up and it was always a hit at parties and potlucks!

Serves: 12

Mom's Frog Eye Salad

Growing up this Frog Eye salad was a must at every family get together! It's perfect for summer BBQ's and potlucks where you have to feed a big crowd. It's a family favorite that has been in our family for years, and is sure to please!

25 minPrep Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 8 ounces Acini De Pepe pasta
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (reserved from pineapple tidbits)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 22 ounces mandarin oranges, drained
  • 20 ounces pineapple tidbits, drained and reserve juice
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup coconut, shredded
  • 8 ounces cool whip


  1. Cook the Acini De Pepe pasta according to package directions. When done, rinse under cold water in strainer. Let cool.
  2. In a saucepan over medium high heat stir together pineapple juice, sugar, flour, salt and egg. Cook and stir constantly until mixture thickens and is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the pasta and thickened mixture. Then gently fold in the mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, pineapple tidbits, marshmallows and coconut. Fold in cool whip. Refrigerate until serving. This recipe can easily be doubled.

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17 Responses to “Mom’s Frog Eye Salad”

  1. Teri Hall
    My family has loved Frog Eye salad since we first tasted it at a family reunion in the 1980's. I adapted it for my families liking taking out the coconut :( that the kids did not like and using fruit cocktail instead of the oranges. Now that they are older, I use the oranges but they still do not like the coconut. I have used this salad for large groups, feeding band 150 band kids, pot lucks, etc. I make my pasta, pineapple mix the day before. If you double that you can freeze that mixture and use later. I personally don't care for the frozen, thawed texture of the pasta mix.
  2. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
    First I want to say, I LOVE your Mom. What a beautiful lady inside and out! This Frog Eye Salad looks scrumptious. It was a favorite at our family get together's too! My daughter asked me to make it just the other day, I pinned to use your recipe. Hugs, Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
  3. Stephanie
    I had no idea anybody else knew what Frog Eye Salad was but my family! It has been made for special events for as long as I can remember. First my grandma making it, them my mom, now us. It was always funny to watch someone's face when you told them what it was called. :)
  4. Robbin Clark
    Unless you are familiar with Frog Eye Salad you probably don't know what Acini De Pepe is. It is a tiny little pasta that reminds me of tapioca. It is found in the pasta section, usually on the top shelf! If you find it, buy 2 because they don't always have it when you look for it. My family loves Frog Eye Salad, but sometimes it grosses the little kids out when you call it that, so sometimes we call it Acini De Pepe salad. They have no clue what that is, but at least it isn't frog anatomy! I usually make a double batch, enough for an army. Somebody always wants to take some home, and it gets better by the hour. We do leave the coconut out and nobody misses it.

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