This is one of those "salads" that is really almost a light dessert, but however you serve it, it's really delicious. I am not a person who is really crazy about the congealed, creamy, fruity salads, but this one is one of my favorites. If you are one of those folks who doesn't care for buttermilk, don't worry, you will never know this has buttermilk in it when it's all mixed together. Here is what you need for this "Orange Buttermilk Salad":
1 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple in syrup
1 5 oz. box of orange flavored Jello gelatin
2 cups buttermilk
1 8 oz. container of whipped topping, thawed
1 (11oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Place pineapple with it's juice in the microwave and cook until it boils...about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes in most microwaves. Pour orange gelatin in and mix. Let this cool to room temperature. Whisk in the buttermilk. Fold in the whipped topping, mandarin orange segments and the nuts. You can pour this into an 8 cup mold or in a pretty glass serving bowl. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight is best.
This basic recipe can be easily altered by to make different flavors. For example by using cherry gelatin and a cup of chopped maraschino cherries, you can change this to a Cherry Buttermilk Salad.
Orange Buttermilk Salad