Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  147
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  28 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  53 mg
  • Potassium  84 mg
  • Phosphorus  29 mg
  • Calcium  5 mg
  • Fiber  0.9 g

Glistening Frog Eye Salad

DaVita renal dietitian Jennifer from Kansas shares her recipe for kidney-friendly Glistening Frog Eye Salad, an old-time favorite with a funny name that can be eaten as a dessert or a salad. This dish fits into diabetes, dialysis and CKD non-dialysis diets and is low in potassium, sodium, phosphorus and has absolutely no cholesterol

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Jennifer from Kansas.

Portions: 32     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups pineapple juice
  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 16 ounces Acini di Pepe pasta, cooked, drained
  • 33 ounces canned mandarin oranges, drained
  • 24 ounces canned pineapple chunks, drained
  • 8 ounces whipped dessert topping
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in pineapple juice and egg whites. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Add lemon juice. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Prepare Acini di Pepe pasta according to package directions but omit salt. Drain.
  3. Combine egg mixture and pasta, mixing well. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Refrigerate overnight in an airtight container.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 fruit, low potassium
  • 1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Look for 11-ounce cans of mandarin oranges and purchase 3 cans.
  • Acini di Pepe pasta is very tiny balls of pasta used mainly as soup pasta. If unavailable, orzo pasta may be substituted; however, the frog eye affect may be altered.
  • To reduce the carbohydrate content, people with diabetes can replace the sugar with Splenda® sweetener and omit the marshmallows. Carbohydrate count is reduced to 21 grams per 1/2-cup serving.

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Glistening Frog Eye Salad

amieritchie says:


I served this to my patients at 2 clinics as part of a Halloween party and they all loved it.

Nov. 17, 2014, 9:23 AM - Inappropriate review?

Glistening Frog Eye Salad

sfreitas says:


I am excited to find this recipe! I got hooked on Walmarts 'Frog Eye'salad pre-end stage. Now I can have it on those special occaissions when I am feeling deprived! Thanks for the recipe!

Dec. 31, 2011, 12:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

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