What a strange and fantastic world; KFC released a statement promoting ‘vegetarian chicken’ and now a salad is actually a salad. All sarcasm aside, every stride for inclusivity on traditionally non-vegan avenues are important, and much appreciated. The number of restaurants and cafes that offer vegan-friendly dishes are on the rise, as are the number of people identifying as plant-based eaters.

The latest Google emoji update for Android users features a slight, but no-less-important, change to the salad emoji. Before, the salad was topped with eggs. Now, the eggs are removed so that it’s a suitable emoji for vegans. While yes, this may seem like a silly, miniscule notion, it’s not in the grand scheme of it all. Regular everyday things are now being converted into plant-based items, from menus to cute little cartoon dishes.

Jennifer Daniel, a UX manager for Google emoji said, “There’s big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the ‘salad’ emoji— we’ve removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad.”

Way to go Google! Now, we’re just waiting for a vegan pizza, and perhaps, a block of tofu.

Want to make your own ‘vegan’ salads?

Yes, we’re just kidding again. But seriously, enjoy any of these delicious salads that are anything but boring, all from our Food Monster App!

Buffalo Chickpea Caesar SaladBuffalo Chickpea Caesar Salad

We’re sure you’ve never had a salad like this Buffalo Chickpea Caesar Salad before! This recipe is vegan, gluten free, nut free, and serves two generous salads or four light sides.

Avocado Kale Chili SaladAvocado Kale Chili Salad

This Avocado Kale Chili Salad will keep you from getting bored with summer salads. This salad also benefits from the spicy bite of freshly-sliced chilis and the added crunch of slivered almonds.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Chickpeas, Kale, Sprouts, and SeedsPurple Sprouting Broccoli, Chickpeas, Kale, Sprouts, and Seeds

Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Chickpeas, Kale, Sprouts, and Seeds make for the perfect summer lunch dish. If you can’t find purple sprouting broccoli, no problem, replace them with regular broccoli.

For more salad ideas, look to any of these delicious salad recipes.

If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more!

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