Written By:  Leslie Means

My family tradition states a “holiday salad” can be the following:

A true to its word, healthy lettuce dish or a recipe full of butter, sugar, cool whip, and sometimes a few pieces of fruit to clearly make it a suitable side dish.  Do not confuse this sugary filled treat with a dessert.  

It is not.

Feel free to load up on this salad as much as you wish because I repeat it is NOT a dessert.  


When my husband joined the family he found these salads to be a bit confusing.  “Um, you’re eating like 4 desserts, Les.”  He has officially been in the family for almost 8 years now.  You would think he would understand by now, right?

He’ll get there.

This salad is delightful for the kids and adults.  It uses these tiny little noodles that are just about as cute as the china setting they are served on.  

It also has marshmallows.  Nuf said.

Give it a whirl!  This is sure to bring smiles to your family this holiday season!

P.S.  There were no real frog eyes used in this delightful salad.  Enjoy!

Frog Eye Salad

(from cooks.com)


1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 c. pineapple juice
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 qt. water
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cooking oil
1 pkg. (16 oz.) Acini de Pepe
3 cans (11 oz. each) mandarin oranges, drained
2 cans (20 oz. each) pineapple chunks, drained
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
1 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. coconut (optional)


1. Combine sugar, flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

2. Gradually stir in pineapple juice and eggs.

3. Cook over moderate heat, stirring until thickened.

4. Add lemon juice; cool mixture to room temperature.

5. Bring water, 2 teaspoons salt and oil to boil. Add Acini de Pepe

6. Cook at rolling boil until done (5-8 minutes).

7. Drain, rinse, drain again and cool to room temperature.

8. Combine egg mixture and Acini de Pepe; mix lightly.

9. Refrigerate overnight in airtight container.

10. Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly but thoroughly.

11. Refrigerate until chilled in airtight container. May be refrigerated for as long as a week.


Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.