Acini salad with kirsch and toasted coconut

Jane Whittaker


I have been making this for many years but wanted to make it even better.
My BF suggested adding some lemon zest and something crispy to put it over the top.
I love Kirsch in berry recipies, and thought what if I added that and some cherry juice instead of the mandarin orange juice.
We loved the kirchified version of this old family favorite.

★★★★★ 1 vote
12 or more
20 Hr
10 Min
Stove Top


1 c
acini di pepe pasta
16 oz
can mandarin oranges, drained
16 oz
can pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice
15 oz
can cherries, drained reserve juice. if you don't want to use canned cherries, just use the juice.
2 large
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
3/4 c
2 Tbsp
1 large
lemon, zested, reserve lemon for another use
8 oz
cool whip container
fresh fruit of your choice, i like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango
1/2 c
sweetened coconut


1Bring a quart of water to a boil and add the acini pasta, using directions on bag. Mine usually takes 8 minutes or so. Drain, run cold water over, put into a bowl.
2While pasta cooks, make your dressing by oombining the eggs, flour, sugar, kirsch, salt, and the reserved pineapple and cherry juice. Stir to mix well and stirring constantly over medium high heat until thickened.
3Pour dressing over acini, cover and chill.
You can do this overnight, or earlier in the day.
4Pre heat oven to 400° and spread the coconut on a cookie sheet. Keep a close eye and stir frequently because this burns so easily.
You want it just lightly toasted.
5Reserve a few strawberries and blueberries for garnish.
In a large bowl combine everything but the toasted coconut.
6Put in a pretty glass bowl, sprinkle desired amount of coconut over the top, garnish with blueberries and strawberry fans.
7To make a strawberry fan make 4 vertical cuts fron the narrow end to the leaf end. Spread with your fingers to make a fan.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Salads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy