Frog Eye Salad Recipe

Frog Eye Salad Recipe

A frog eye salad is a great alternative to the same-old holiday fruit salad! Tiny pasta "eyes" float in a creamy marshmallow and fruit-filled custard.
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place a mesh strainer over a medium bowl and drain the pineapple chunks and crushed pineapple. Squeeze or press to remove as much moisture as possible Transfer the drained pineapple solids to a large bowl. Set the bowls of pineapple and pineapple juice aside.
  3. Step 3

    Combine the granulated sugar and flour in a medium saucepan; whisk until well combined. Whisk in 1 cup of the reserved pineapple juice, the egg, and salt. Place the pan over medium heat and cook until thickened, whisking constantly, about 4 to 6 minutes. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Step 4

    Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl, then pour the custard through it; stir in the lemon juice. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the custard for about 30 minutes or until chilled.
  5. Step 5

    While the custard is chilling, cook the pasta. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook as directed on the package or until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the brand. Do a taste test to ensure it is tender, not al dente. Pour the pasta into a colander and run cold water over it to cool completely. Set the pasta aside to drain thoroughly.
  6. Step 6

    To prepare the whipped cream, beat the heavy cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until frothy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. You will have about 4 cups of whipped cream. Reserve 1 cup of whipped cream for the topping and refrigerate it until ready to serve.
  7. Step 7

    Remove the chilled, set custard from the refrigerator, then add the cold drained pasta; stir to coat.
  8. Step 8

    Add the well-drained pineapple, mandarin orange sections, coconut, and miniature marshmallows. Stir gently to combine, then fold in the whipped cream. Transfer the frog eye salad to a serving bowl.
  9. Step 9

    Serve frog eye salad on the side with a meal or in dessert bowls or cups with reserved whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and toasted coconut.