Santa’s Veggie Train

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Santa’s veggie train with veggie dips is the perfect healthy and family-friendly appetizer this holiday season!

While making gingerbread houses is a far more traditional December activity, we made these “Santa Veggie Trains” with veggie dips and the kids seriously loved them just as much, if not more! And while the boys *may or may not* have eaten cookie dough for lunch today, I’m taking their affinity for these veggie trains as a major December win.

Here’s the thing — my toddler would honestly pick veggies and dip over gingerbread houses any day and I’m not exaggerating here. A few weeks ago he saw a pre-made veggie platter at the store and begged me to get it. At first I said, “No, you won’t finish it,” but I ended up caving since, he was begging for VEGGIES after-all.

In two days, he finished the ENTIRE veggie tray all by himself and begged me for another one. That’s when I had the idea to make these Santa veggie trains together and it’s definitely going to be a holiday tradition now. The boys and I had a blast making our trains and even more fun dipping them in ranch dip and eating them!

More Holiday Appetizers:

Ornament Veggie Platter

Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheeseball

Christmas Tree Veggie Platter

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Santa Veggie Trains

5 from 9 votes
Santa's veggie train is the perfect healthy and family-friendly appetizer this holiday season!
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Santa Veggie Trains

5 from 9 votes
Santa's veggie train is the perfect healthy and family-friendly appetizer this holiday season!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Chelsea


  • 4-5 bell peppers in a variety of colors
  • 1 English cucumber, coined
  • Toothpicks
  • Veggies to fill up the pepper "trains" such as carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, olives, mushrooms,
  • Your favorite Veggie Dips: such as Ranch, Dill, Light Dill, Light Ranch, Southwest Ranch, and/or Blue Cheese


  • Wash and dry the veggies.
  • Lay the bell peppers down and vertically slice the top 1/3 of the pepper off (slice straight down in front of the stem). Cut out the ribs and remove the seeds. Discard.
  • Slice an English cucumber into even sized coins and then attach 4 cucumber "coins" to each corner of the bell pepper to resemble wheels. Repeat until you have as many trains as you want.
  • Add your favorite washed and cut veggies to the bell pepper trains. Serve with your favorite Veggie Dips. 
  • Place the trains on a platter with each stem facing the pepper in front. 
  • Platter best made within 1-2 hours of serving. Keep chilled and covered in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts will vary depending on how many trains are made, what veggies are used, and what/how much of the dips are used.


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  1. Besides using them as dips for veggies, I love using them in twice baked potatoes in place of sour cream. I also like mixing them in tuna or salmon cakes in place of mayo for even more flavor

  2. 5 stars
    When I want a quick, healthy snack I’ll buy a bag of pre-cut veggies and some of their dip. Nothing fancy, but it’s how I use it most.

  3. 5 stars
    We put out Marzetti dips (in many flavors) all over the house with lots of different items -pretzels, chips, veggies, spicy chicken wings, etc. But my favorite are the potato chips!

  4. I LOVE that ranch veggie dip. I feel like it can’t even be replicated. I love using them to get more veggies in over the Holidays!

  5. 5 stars
    Our favorite is just dipping all types of veggies in these dips. The Greek yogurt spinach artichoke veggie dip is our favorite.

  6. 5 stars
    Our kids use them primarily as veggie dips, with carrots or celery being what they most commonly eat. I like them as a spread on burgers because it is more substantive than using ranch from the jar.

  7. 5 stars
    It makes a great “pizza sauce” or addition to pizza if you want a change from the traditional red sauce. jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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