This is a salad that was passed down from my mother, it originally was a watergate salad in the early 70’s, but I played with it all these years and it has evolved into this.
Mix instant pudding and buttermilk and set aside, the longer you let it sit the thicker it becomes. Add the cut-up bananas and the fruit cocktail to the buttermilk pudding mixture. Gently fold thawed Cool Whip into the pudding mixture. Chill in the refrigerator for a half hour and serve as a side salad or as dessert.
Note: I have used banana cream, french vanilla, and even lemon instant puddings and keep coming back to the plain vanilla.