Veggie Train - A Kid-Friendly Appetizer for Parties

Veggie Train with Hummus Dip – Kid-Friendly Appetizer for Parties


  • Large Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers -these are for the wheels – you could also make a locomotive out of a cucumber
  • Assorted cut up vegetables – bell peppers, tomatoes, snap peas, celery, carrots, jicama, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and more – choose kid-friendly veggies
  • Toothpicks
  • Any dip you prefer – I like to use Sabra Hummus for a healthy option full of plant based nutrition


  1. Cut up the bell peppers for your train “cars”.
  2. Cut off the top 3rd of the bell pepper and then scoop out all the seeds so it is hollow.
  3. Chop the stem off the bell peppers
  4. Cut up as many bell peppers as you want for the length of the train. {Save the top 3rd to cut into slices for your veggie train pieces to eat}
  5. Peel your cucumbers for wheels (I peeled them so the skin was showing on every other side for interesting wheels)
  6. Cut up cucumber into slices
  7. Take the toothpicks & attach the cucumbers to the peppers
  8. Try to hide the toothpicks in as far as you can.
  9. You could add a locomotive to the front if you’d like – cut a cucumber in half and then cut the top 3rd of the cucumber off.
  10. Scoop out the inside & added jicama to make the smoke stacks. You could also use another piece of cucumber to make the smoke stacks, too.
  11. After you’ve created your base of the train with the cars, locomotive (if desired) & wheels, you’re ready to start filling the train full of veggies & dip.
  12. Chop up all your veggies into long sticks (bell peppers, cucumber, carrots, jicama, etc) & add to “train cars”
  13. Add tomatoes, broccoli, & cauliflower for variety with round shapes
  14. Scoop your dip into several “train cars”. I like to use Sabra Hummus for a healthy, filling dip & I used several varieties in the different “train cars”