Frog Eye Salad

When it comes to retro recipes, it’s not uncommon to come across one that seems a little, well… odd. And this one might strike you that way as soon as you read the name. Frog Eye Salad?! Luckily, there are no actual frog eyes involved, just a handful of ingredients that make for a sweet and creamy dessert salad that’s plenty nostalgic but still has its place in the present day.

So what’s this business about frog eyes? Well, it gets that name because the little spheres of round pasta (more on that in a minute) look like tiny frog eyes in the bowl. Cute, right? And a little weird too.

Are you now thinking, there’s pasta in a dessert salad? Because I know I was. It’s true. This salad incorporates acini de pepe pasta and a handful of other ingredients that you might recognize from ambrosia. So you get little balls of chewy pasta, mandarin oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, and coconut, all folded into a sweet pineapple custard. (And of course there’s Cool Whip. Would this even be a retro salad without Cool Whip?)

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