A Taste of Utica Frog Eye Salad

by Joanne on August 8, 2010

Now don’t read the title and say “eeeewwww”.  It is one of the best dessert salads ever tasted in the Apple Crumble kitchen.

Posted by Jill Brown (thank you SO much Jill!) and found on page 68 of our book A Taste of Utica


this recipe is quick, easy and a delight to serve to guests.  Warning! Don’t serve it to your family otherwise they will demand it EVERY night!

Frog Eye Salad – Makes one big bowl and will serve 12


  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drain and save the juice
  • 11 oz can mandarin oranges, drain and save the juice
  • 1 cup of sugar *Apple Crumbles used 3/4 cup which proved sufficient
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup juice from the fruit (I didn’t have that much juice from the fruit but the salad turned out great).
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 large container of Cool Whip
  • 1 lb box Acine de Pepe (hence, the frog eyes)


Mix flour, sugar, salt.  Gradually stir in the juice and eggs. Cook over medium heat until thick.  *This is like making a Sabayan (or Zabaglione) – you must stir constantly and don’t get the burner too hot because you will find cooked egg in what should be a lovely smooth custard (voice of experience talking) .

Mix cooked macaroni with the fruit.  Add lemon juice, cool whip and then add mixture to cooked macaroni.  Chill overnight or until you can’t resist it any longer.


I snuck into the kitchen for more…


Of course the cherries on top are a must.


So good!


Let me know you thoughts on this one because I just know you’ll have to make it.

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  • At 2010.08.08 09:39, Donna said:

    just had this at a picnic a few weeks ago and was very happy to find it my husband’s new “Taste of Utica” cookbook that I bought him for his birthday 🙂

    • At 2010.08.08 18:45, Joanne said:

      Great! Hope he enjoys the book.

      • At 2010.08.08 21:38, Hannah said:

        Ha, what an interesting dessert, and funny name! Never seen it before, but now I feel like it would be the perfect sort of thing to serve on Halloween- I’ll have to remember this one.

        • At 2010.08.09 14:09, cami said:

          …. and then how cute would it be to dye it green??! 😉

          • At 2010.08.08 22:23, Monet said:

            What a unique dessert! I have never heard of these “frog eyes” but I want to try to get my hands on some so that I can serve this to Ryan and me as a special treat. Thanks for sharing such a different recipe!

            • At 2010.08.09 16:20, Laura (B Foxy Fitness) said:

              Despite the name including “Frog Eyes,” this looks soooo yummy. It looks like the perfect creamy & fruity summertime treat! Do they sell Acine de Pepe in most grocery stores or can I find it at a specialty store?

              • At 2010.08.10 09:12, Joanne said:

                You can find Acini de Pepe in the pasta section of any grocery store.

                • At 2010.09.04 19:18, Gwynn said:

                  When do you add the Cool Whip?

                  • At 2010.11.24 03:01, Aggie said:

                    Can;t find Acine di Pepe at the store I checked Safeway and King soopers. Is it ok to use the tapipca pearls?

                    • At 2010.11.24 03:03, Aggie said:

                      CAn;t find Acine di Pepe Pasta at the store is it ok to use tapioca pearls

                      • At 2011.04.25 21:05, Mandy said:

                        Do you add the fruit in after you mix the cool whip mixture in with the cooked macaroni? Do you add both the crushed pineapple and oranges?

                        • At 2011.04.26 08:20, Joanne said:

                          Add the fruit to the cooked macaroni then mix with other ingredients as directed above.

                          • […] bite: Frog Eye Salad. There’s a local deli here called Palmer’s that serves the BEST little side dish […]

                            • At 2012.12.22 09:37, Cindy said:

                              You can substitute vanilla pudding for the cooked dressing. Just google frog eye salad with vanilla pudding. Much easier if you are in a hurry and just as good.

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