take-a-long tuna pasta salad

Now that the hubs and I are back in the Lone Star State, we have been making road trips fairly regularly. As a result I’ve pretty much killed any future appetite I might have for road-trip food. This includes Subway (most of them in gas stations – blech!), McDonald’s (never was a fan anyway), Sonic (I can still buy drinks there) and of course, the Texas Stop Sign: Dairy Queen. On our most recent road trip I had an idea: how about I make dinner, picnic style, for us to eat on the road?!!?

This not only saves money, but it gives us a choice!


I whipped up a very simply recipe for tuna pasta salad. It travels well in the cooler, eats easily out of the container and it’s pretty much fat-free and adaptable to any palate!

tuna pasta salad


  • 2 cans chunk light tuna in water
  • 1 can sweet golden corn
  • 2 cups cooked spiral pasta
  • 2 Tbsp Miracle Whip
  • to taste bread & butter pickle chips

Cooking Directions

  1. Cook pasta until al dente, set aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl add tuna and corn and toss.
  3. Add in pasta plus Miracle Whip.
  4. Toss until pasta is moist enough to hold on to corn and tuna. Add more Miracle Whip if necessary.
  5. Add diced pickles and toss.
  6. Refrigerate until cold, then serve.

It was a huge hit with hubs, and with me not having to subject myself to fast food on the road!

While I know he might have liked a little more salt on it (I tend to always go low on the salt), he ate every last bite over the weekend! Some variations I might try in the future include using banana peppers, green and red bell peppers or even replacing the pickles with some fresh dill. I love that this is so easy to make (and take) and it inspired me to try new take-a-long pastas for our future road trips!

What do you think? How could I make this even better?

9 Comments to “take-a-long tuna pasta salad”

  1. Welcome back to Texas I am originally from SA and I miss it very much! Pasta looks incredibly yummy : ) Mandy


  2. Looks great!!!! A perfect meal to take along, anywhere.
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  3. Yum! I think adding some peppers would make it extra tasty!
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  4. I love that you got so creative with this! When I am sick of fastfood on trips, I pack us sammies, haha! And they usually aren’t even exciting. They are usually PB&J because that keeps well. ;)
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  5. That sounds yummy! I love pasta salads!

  6. I love preparing simple meals for our road trips too! This is a very good alternative!
    Tina (PinayInTexas) recently posted..Polvoron: Cookies ‘N Cream, Milo and Pinipig

  7. A pasta salad variation we enjoy is bowtie pasta, black olives, (T probably won’t go for the olives, but WE like them.) red onion, pepperoni, broccoli and artichoke hearts mixed together with some italian dressing.
    Another item that travels well is pepperoni rolls…but then, you knew that! ;)

  8. Bex that sounds yummy!

  9. Looks so good! my grandmother adds a little red wine vinegar to hers instead of pickles. sooo delicious!

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