A delicious and classic Thanksgiving side-dish/salad -- frog eye salad with some healthier ingredient swaps!

Frog Eye Salad (Healthier Version)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 side dishes
Author Chelsea


  • 1 cup acini di pepe pasta OR pastina pasta
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or white sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) mandarine oranges
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) fruit cocktail
  • 1 container Truwhip or an alternative whipped topping equivalent to ~3 cups
  • Optional: 1/3 cup miniature colored marshmallows, 1/2 cup shredded coconut


  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions to cook it al dente. Drain and rinse the pasta in very cold water. Place in a large bowl in the fridge.
  2. Drain out the pineapple tidbits to get 1 cup pineapple juice. (Use more juice from the crushed pineapple if needed)
  3. Pour that juice into a medium sized pot over medium heat. Whisk in the egg and then slowly add in the flour whisking constantly. Whisk in the salt and coconut sugar.
  4. Cook over medium heat until the mixture has thickened. Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool. Add in the lemon juice. Pour over the pasta and return the bowl to the fridge until both the pasta and the pineapple juice mixture are completely chilled.
  5. Meanwhile, open the cans and drain the mandarin oranges, the crushed pineapple, pineapple tidbits, and the fruit cocktail (for an even healthier dish make sure these fruits are canned with 100% juice or water not a sugary syrup). Make sure both are VERY well drained or your salad will be watery.
  6. Add the drained fruit into the cooled pasta mixture and gently stir together.
  7. Gently fold in the truwhip until all the ingredients are well combined.
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until very well chilled (6-8 hours).
  9. If desired, stir in colored marshmallows and shredded coconut right before serving.

Recipe Notes

Cook time refers to chilling time