Frog Eye Fruit Salad

Others might think a fruit salad is merely a bunch of fresh fruit chopped up in a bowl. But  to me, a fruit salad is a creamy concoction that usually contains such yumminess as marshmallows and coconut.
My version is MUCH better. ;)
Maybe you’ve heard of this fruit salad…or maybe not…but I had to share it! This creamy fruit salad contains the small little pasta called Acini de Pepe which looks like little eyes – hence the name! Plus fruit and marshmallows in a creamy sauce. SO YUMMY. I’ve made this salad a million times and it’s always a hit. I made it with our Easter dinner. Seriously delish!
Frog Eye Fruit Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup Acini de Pepe pasta
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20-oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (20-oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (8-oz) carton non-dairy whipped topping (Cool Whip), I use Lite
  1. Combine sugar, flour and salt in a saucepan. Stir pineapple juice into beaten egg then into the sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cook Acini de Pepe in 3 quarts of boiling water for 6-8 minutes, stirring often. Drain and rinse.
  3. Combine cooked sauce with cooked Acini de Pepe. Cover and chill in refrigerator.
  4. When cool, stir in the well drained fruit, marshmallows and whipped topping. Chill at least one hour before serving. ENJOY!!
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  1. says

    It does look good but wondering if the Acini de Pepe pasta is like tapioca and I can’t eat that but maybe would be better with fruit and marshmallows in it. I might have to try it. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope you join us again next week. Remember to go vote.

  2. says

    Hi Jen,
    Our family loves Frog Eye Fruit Salad! Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. says

    I love salads like this, and I’ll definitely have to give this one a try! It would be perfect for hot summer days! Thanks so much for sharing at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

  4. says

    This looks amazing! I have had frog eye salad in the past and loved it but this looks over the top! I just pinned. Thanks so much for sharing such a fabulous recipe :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  5. says

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Kari Shifflett says

    I love this salad-thanks for reminding me and with a great pic!! Visiting from Cast Party Wednesday!!!

  7. Michelle Rushing Hilton says

    I have never heard of this, but my mom made something similar when I was a kid minus the pasta. Can’t wait to try it. I chose it as my Foodie Friends Friday host favorite this week, so it will be featured on Daily Dish magazine Monday.

  8. Marlys Folly says

    This sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope that you will join us again next week.

  9. Kelly Miller says

    I have a recipe somewhat similar to this that we call Ambrosia in our family – this looks fabulous!

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