I only followed the recipe in that I mosly used the ingredients in the dressing, somewhat to scale as the recipe is written. I used brown sugar in place of honey and only enough to balance the acidity of the lime juice and vinegar. My dressing was not sweet. I didn't measure anything but attempted to maintain proportion. I cut green cabbage and grated carrot plus cilantro and chopped carrots. I put a teaspoon or so of peanut butter in the dressing as well to help it emulsify. Probably used a bit more fish sauce (megachef brand- it is stinky, and allegedly "sweetened" but i find it adds great flavor, especially at its price point) and held back the lime a bit so that lime flavor wasn't too obvious. Toasted sesame oil (i always assume this is what a dressing recipe is calling for when it lists "sesame oil" in this sort of proportion) is very flavorful so I added it to the dressing in drizzles until it tasted right. I suspect i was under the recommended dosage but not by a huge margin.
I recommend making this to taste instead of adhering strictly to the recipe. The dressing ingredients make a nice slaw dressing. hack up whatever veg suits you and go to town. I did miss bean sprouts (the store was out) which i like in this type of salad.