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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.

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Totiesue User ID: 2916594 131790
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!"

Totiesue User ID: 2916594 59203
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

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

klz1948 User ID: 1935071 207172
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!"

twinboysmom User ID: 1411617 157638
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!"

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 68450
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

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

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 148923
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."

jonsyb User ID: 3400904 152937
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!"

Becky Kendall User ID: 2747191 101301
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 ?


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