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Acini di Pepe Salad Recipe

Acini di Pepe Salad Recipe

Looking for a quick lunch idea or fun new side dish? June Herke of Watertown, South Dakota blends veggies, tiny pasta and juicy pineapple bits into this crunchy, creamy salad jam-packed with flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/4 cup uncooked acini di pepe pasta
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup whipped topping
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • Dash celery seed
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cauliflower
  • 1 snack-size cup (4 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas, partially thawed
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • Lettuce leaves and minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, whipped topping, onion and celery seed. Add the cauliflower, pineapple, peas, raisins and pasta; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. If desired, serve on a lettuce-lined plate and sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 295 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein

Reviews for Acini di Pepe Salad

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"Acini di pepe pasta isn't always easy to find, keep looking. My local Acme market had Gia Russa pasta. Good Luck!"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"Made this to take to a picnic, tasted after making it & definitely will make it again! Delicious!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"I made the frogs eye salad and loved it!! Many years later, now I cannot find Acini di pepe pasta! Can anyone help me out! Thank you so much!"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"I left out the whipped topping since I did not have any, and used Miracle Whip as a substitution. The salad was excellent, and everyone at the reunion loved it. Wonderful recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"I want to make this one at least once a year from now on!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"I love to try new things, and I'm glad I did. I would definately make this again and double the batch."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

"this recipe is awesome! didn=t have the pasta, so i used jasmine rice, was also out of raisons so tried dried mixed berries...came out great! another time, used basmati rice and tossed the peas in 1/2 tsp seasame oil before adding, also great!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2008

"I love making "Frog eye Salad" using acini de pepe pasta with canned oranges and  canned pineapple a kindof fruit salad. What kind of vegtables do you add ?Indifferent


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