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Pasta Salad Series: Frog Eye Salad

Do you ever peek into the deli counter and see that fluffy ambrosia salad and wonder if you can make it on your own? My dear friend Alyssa recently posted on the OAMM facebook page that she was making some Frog Eye Salad and I immediately responded to her that I needed this recipe! And there were a few other OAMM readers that responded as well. I asked Alyssa and she agreed to share her family delight. It’s not necessarily whole foods but it sure is tasty. I did cut a few whole foods corners though. I made my own whipped cream, picked up some natural marshmallows. And it’s just like the ambrosia from your local deli!

Frog Eye Salad


Alyssa @ http://sahm-musings.blogspot.com/


  • 1 box Acini-de-pepe pasta

    Acini de Pepe Pasta

  • 1 cup sugar or sucanat
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 large can crushed and drained pineapple (reserve juice for sauce)
  • 1 large can pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice for sauce)
  • 2 small cans mandarin orange segments
  • 1 small package miniature marshmallows
  • 1 large container whipped topping


Prepare pasta as directed.  Rinse with cold water and set aside to cool. Combine sugar, eggs, salt, pineapple juice and flour and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened then remove from heat.  Cool completely. Put in pasta in a large bowl and pour sauce mixture over it, mix well.  Seal bowl and let set overnight in refrigerator.  In the morning, mix in fruit, refrigerate until fully chilled. Serve.

Servings: 8

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6 Responses to “Pasta Salad Series: Frog Eye Salad”

  1. molly says:

    yes! thank you! when i was a TA in college, the secretary in my department would always make this, and bring me a big container of it the next day. i know what i’m making this weekend!!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    I just love Frog Eye Salad, as a matter of fact I have a Frog Eye Salad in my cookbook Miz Helen’s Kitchen Table. I really like your recipe and will try it the next time I make Frog Eye. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  3. Shanie says:

    When do you mix in the whipped topping? With the fruit or the night before? Thanks!

  4. Katy says:

    This is listed as a freezer recipe, but the freezing instructions aren’t listed. Do you just stick it in the freezer and defrost when ready?

    • Kelly says:

      This was a part of a pasta salad series we did that had both freezeable and un-freezable recipes. This is one that I have not frozen but wanted to share

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