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Taco salad without chips

I am planning to make taco salad for a group of friends who are mostly paleo/low carb. i was surprised that there were many moans and groans, as they usually stray away as they miss the crunch of tortilla chips. Anyone routinely make taco salad without tortilla chips? Do you miss the crunch at all? Any good substitutes?

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    1. As a WW, I would just put it over green cabbage or iceberg lettuce and be very happy with that crunch.

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      1. re: rabaja

        Similarly, romaine leaves as wraps taste fresh and the ribs make for a bit of juicy crunch.

      2. We prepare taco salads routinely without chips by simply layering the filling ingredients (chili, cheese, etc.) on a bed of chopped lettuce. Never miss the chips at all.
        Pork Rinds (chicharrones) might be another option. But crunchy veggies (e.g. celery) might also do the trick.

        1. You can also just make chips from low carb tortillas. It's easy. That won't work for strict paleo folks but it would for LC folks. There are also plenty of grain free crackers to serve along side a taco salad.

          1. Hmm. Lots of delish ideas so far. How about making frico from jalapeno cheddar last minute (Cabot has a good one, and it crisps better than jack cheese) to garnish? Of course, like sedimental's idea, it's not for the paleo folk, but the LC'ers will eat 'em.

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            1. re: pinehurst

              Frico is perfect - I either make chips of it or turn it into a bowl and serve the taco salad inside of it. Pork rinds are also an awesome addition.