Frog Eye Salad

I have eaten so. much. food.

I really have a problem with properly planning portions for just two people. When we decided to break in our new grill, I made up my mind: I wanted to grill ALL THE FOODS. 

All of them.

Burgers, chicken, corn cobs and jalapeno poppers later—I’m stuffed to the brim.

…and I still have dessert left to eat 😁

  This recipe has followed me around for years but I’ve only made it a handful of times. It’s a nice Italian spin on ambrosia, and from my research, a lot of people from UTAH (of all places) make it. 

 Acini de Pepe is a very tiny, orb-like pasta. It looks like ditalini pasta went through the shrinking machine on “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”. This type of pasta soaks up liquids well, like risotto or couscous.The pasta fattens up and the carbs stick together to make a rich setting for a bountiful fruit salad.

Give this recipe a shot—trust me—at your next cookout or family get together. 

You won’t be disappointed!

Frog Eye Salad

  • 1 (16 oz) box acini de Pepe pasta
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS. flour
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 (20 oz.) can of pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (20 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1.5 cups (10 oz) whipped cream 

  1. In small saucepan, combine sugar, yolks, flour and pineapple juice. Whisk over medium low heat until thickened—about 18-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. 

2. In the meantime, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Combine pasta with pineapple juice mixture. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.

  3. Add pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows and whipped cream to the pasta mix. Stir well. Serve chilled.  

 Flavor Profile: Sweet but not too sweet. Just the way I like my desserts—just a hint of sugar. 

Skill Level: Novice. Pretty easy pasta/fruit salad (which one is it? Pasta salad or fruit salad???) to put together for even the most amateur home chefs.

Versatility: I’m not sure how you could go about changing this recipe, honestly. You could maybe add different citrus fruit if you truly wanted to.

End Score: Amazing. Just, amazing. 


3 thoughts on “Frog Eye Salad

  1. Wow. I am not from Utah but vaguely remember something like this. This would be a great dessert. I hear you about the portions. I think it will be leftovers but…no!

    1. I’ve made it twice now for cookouts—it’s really good since it’s so hot right now! And cooking for just two people is really difficult; half the time I take leftovers to work for my coworkers if I know we’re not going to eat everything. Works out well in the end 😀

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